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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