How to Breed African Cichlids

It is easy to breed you cichlids if you take care of your cichlids by keeping the aquarium clean and maintain the conditions required by the particular cichlid that will keep the cichlids healthy. Keep the water free from pollutants, by purchasing a heater to maintain the temperature, by carrying out regular water changes, maintaining a good water chemistry and by providing a well balanced diet. It is important that your cichlids is healthy because only healthy fish will want to mate. During the incubation, female cichlids do not eat and it will last until 4 weeks. Only good healthy fish will be able to endure such abstinence from food. It is helpful to get several females for each male, as this way, male bullying does not get restricted to just one female. Aggressiveness of tank mates can cause stress among the weaker fish. It is important to a cichlid breeding that your fish is not stressed.

Diet is also one of the important to have a successful cichlid breeding. Proteins is advisable nutrients in time of cichlids breeding. There are different ways of cichlid breeds: Open Brooders, the spawn on open surface like rocks, or on the substrate. Shelter Brooders have two types, the Cavity Brooders and Mouth Brooders. Cavity Brooders a cichlids lay their eggs in caves and in depressions. Mouth Brooders who carry the eggs and the fry in their mouths. Open Brooders lay eggs as much as 10,000 while the Shelter Brooders lays only 300. Rocks and plants can be used to provide them with hiding places. Mouth brooders benefit the most from the hideouts because they will need more than usual protection when they are egg-laden.

The female releases the baby fry depends of the number of factors like her species, age, and the state of her wealth. Water quality may also determine when the fry get released. An inexperienced females are not likely to carry the eggs for the full term on the first time. After the first time, they will breed successfully. There are fish do not mate because they are overfed, the hungrier they are the more their aggressive tendencies are likely to show up, and more likely they will be to mate. The water temperature should be 74- 82F and alkaline, hard water will aid in cichlid breeding. The maintenance of a steady temperature will aid in the hatching of the eggs. There are several ways on raising and harvesting of cichlids. A best method is allow the mother to spit out the fry naturally in a separate tank. The survival of the fry is almost certain in this case unless the mother consumes the fry in such a case it would be good to transfer the mother to another tank once she has released the fry. There are fry who already eat flakes and brine shrimp if they already absorbed the eggs sacs. The fry will grow faster if their is a good water conditions, good feeding and have a good diets.

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Best Food for African Cichlids

Taking Care of African Cichlids is important especially the food that they have taken daily. It is a responsibility to feed them and understand their dietary requirements of an appropriate food in healthy proportions and intervals. African Cichlids are lovely to see and very interesting creatures. They will leave a happy and live long if they will treat them right.

Pelleted, Flake and Frozen Food, these are the foods that to be consider for African Cichlids. Pellets food are tends to be swell after they are in the water so it means, soak the pellets first so that it will not distend or give an irritation to the digestive tract of the cichlids. The Flake Food are more natural because cichlids are nibbling on algae, plankton or artemia throughout the day. Feeding the cichlids should not be consume in 2 minutes or more, 30 seconds is the most appropriate time in consuming the food. Frozen food is a high in animal protein, such as krill, brine shrimp, daphnia, plankton, bloodworms and micro-worms should be give sparingly. When you decide to feed them by frozen foods, use them as their main diet. But the most appropriate is the Flake and Pellet foods, they are the most ideal food because of easy digestion. Cichlids can consume a large amount of food in short period of time and they are a avaricious eaters so therefore limiting the amount of food for 30 seconds is good on feeding the african cichlids.

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