Can cichlid fry survive in community tank?
While some species of fish are difficult to breed in an aquarium environment, many types of cichlid breed readily in captivity under the right conditions. Large breeds of cichlid can lay hundreds of eggs at a time but, most of the time, only a few fry survive and grow to maturity if left in the community tank.
How long do cichlids hold fry?
African Cichlids are mostly mouth-brooders: when they breed, the female will pick up the eggs and hold them in her mouth, whilst the male fertilises them (hence the egg spots on the anal fin). She will hold the eggs for up to 28 days, until the fry have hatched and have developed into fully formed fry.
Do cichlids eat their fry?
Unlike the majority of fish, who will happily eat their babies, male and female jewel cichlids team up to take care of their fry. However, it’s not just as simple as leaving the parents to take care of the fry and hoping for the best. By helping them out a little, you can ensure that at least some of the fry survive.
What is a Maingano cichlid?
The Maingano Cichlid, Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos, comes from the shallow waters of Lake Malawi, Africa. These fish are a dark blue coloration with lighter blue horizonal stripes. The females will have lighter color bellies and shorter pelvic fins. A large aquarium with plenty of caves and hiding places is ideal for these fish.
What causes Malawi bloat in Maingano cichlids?
Malawi bloat is a typical disease for the Maingano Cichlid, especially if their mostly herbivorous dietary needs are not met with quality foods. They are susceptible to typical fish ailments, especially if water is stale and of poor quality and oxygenation.
What kind of fish is Maingano?
The Maingano (Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos) are such beautiful fish. They have vertical striping as is found on the Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus), though the Auratus has a gold coloring too.
What is the Maingano Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos?
The Maingano Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos was described by Bowers and Stauffer in 1997. They are endemic to Lake Malawi, Africa were they are found at Likoma Island between Mbako Point and Membe Point.