Breeding Tropical Fish
Breeding Tropical Fish – Breeding African Cichlids – Part 7
Raising the fry
Segment 7 of Breeding African Cichlids focuses on the needs of the fry after they have been removed from the mother and hatched in an egg bubbler. There are a number of different factors that need to be taken care of for the maximum success rate for the actual grow out of the fry.
The first thing discussed in the breeding African cichlids segment on raising the fry is the size of the aquarium where they are housed. There are actually two interrelated variables here. The first, of course is aquarium dimensions. The fry will grow in a 10 gallon tank fine, but they will grow faster and more sturdily in a tank double that size or even larger.
The second variable that goes into the selection of the fish tank is the actual water characteristics. It would seem that the amount and frequency of water changes also is a very important factor when breeding African Cichlids at any stage. Changing a quarter of the water on a daily basis is recommended for highest growth rate.
In most cases the ten gallon with regular partial daily water replacement will do as well as a twenty that gets its water partially replaced on a weekly schedule. Of course the twenty gallon with daily attention will do better than the two other cases that have been discussed. If you are serious about breeding African Cichlids on a commercial scale, the inclusion of an automatic water changing system is a very important option to include int he original design of the spawning and grow out space.
Breeding African Cichlids require proper foods for their maturation
Many standard breeders would advise offering the newborn fry a live diet of baby brine shrimp. This is not what these African Cichlid Breeders arer using.. They have decided that they have great success with dried flakes and pellets.. These are the foods that they feed. They start with powdered flakes and move up through a mix of flake powder and micro pellets all the way up into the larger pellets as the fish grow up.
The foods are recommended by name but without any links or promotional recompense. Omega 1 is the flake food, NLS Grow could be used by hobbyists, bit is expensive, in stead they use an identical (generic) food from premiumfishfood.com. It comes in variuos sizes and quantities, depending on your needs. So take your time and follow the extensive information on feeding and sizes the fry will be moved up in food size. The basic rule of thumb is to feed the fish with the powdered flakes and small to larger pellet that fit in their mouth. Not rocket science at all!