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African Cichlids

Victorian & Malawi
Pictures of My Fry
I have recently moved the pictures of mating nyererei that were on this page to my article on Breeding Cichlids.  In this article I discuss cichlid breeding behavior, tips on getting your cichlids to breed, how to successfully strip the eggs/fry from a holding female, and how to raise fry.  To go to this page, click here.
Pictures of the parents of my fry:
Labeotropheus Trewavasae "Red Top":
Mother of 6 broods
Father of 7 broods  
Mother of 1 brood 
Haplochromis "Ruby Green":
Haplochromis sp. 44 "Red Tail":
Father of 2 broods  
Father of 5 broods
Mother of 2 brood
Mother of 3 broods
Mother of 2 broods
Labidochromis Perlmut:
< Mother of 3 broods  
< Father of 3 broods  
Photo of two Red Tails actually spawning
Labidochromis caerulus:
Labeotropheus fulleborni:
< Father of 1 brood
Mother of 1 brood >
Father of 1 brood
Pundamilia nyererei "Python Island":
< Father of 1 brood
Mother of 1 brood >
Mother of 1 brood
Over the last four months, my cichlids have produced some 250 babies (aka fry).  The most prolific spawners are my Labeotropheus trewavasae "Red Tops."  The male is an aggressive bruiser, frequently chasing the females around my six foot long tank until after a couple of laps they are finally able to lose him.  One of the two females has produced four batches of ~30 fry each, with only about 3 weeks of recovery in between.  These fry are very large and grow rather quickly.
Pictures of the fry:
This 10 gallon tank (divided in half) holds about 140 fry.  I use one side for very young fry, and the other for fry 3 - 7 wks. old.. 
These last three pictures are of my 20 gallon tank, where I keep my "small' cichlids until they are either big enough to put with the larger fish, or to sell to my LFS.
I purchased my "holey rock" from Amazonia in Austin, TX.  They have tons of it, and a great selection too.  It is an absolute necessity for larger cichlids that need protection from dangerous tank mates.  And for smaller fry, it can be reassuring.  Armke's also sells it via the Internet.
These two pictures are of 3 month old Labeotropheus trewavasae "Red Tops."  The are about 3 cm long, and are, oddly enough, extremely shy.