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Frontosa Breeding Advice (Wanted)

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by Anonymous, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

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    I was given a group of Mpimbwe Blue Frontosa a few months ago, I currently have them in a 125 gallon setup with a ph level of 8.2, I've been researching online about breeding but have had no luck. I have a couple small catfish in the aquarium as well, should I only have the primary fish in there for breeding? Here's a picture of them, they are really cool fish.

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  2. Anthony

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    What type of catfish are they ? They shouldn't have any effect on breeding.

    Are you doing weekly water changes ?
    Are you sure you have one of each sex ?
    What are you feeding them ?
     
  3. gangstafish

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    How's the Nitrates,Nitrites,Ammonia,temperature? We could help if we knew a little more about the tank. How many males,females? What kind of lighting?
     
  4. noshow discus

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    try doing water changes more frequent and feed them frozen brineshrimp and or bloodworms.
     
  5. Anthony

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    I've also heard (assuming water parameters and everything else are correct) that fasting the fish for a few days helps.
     
  6. Anonymous

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    as does a MINOR temp elevation...your other fish should have no bearing on these guys reproducing, provided you have a male and female for sure..
     
  7. dye2fish

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    My fish done better alone. Personal oppinion
     
  8. Anonymous

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    sometimes africans can be strange. my friend bought a breeding colony of fronts from a guy who needed money gave him a bunch of the fry too. well he had them in the same size tank basically the same water conditions and those fish took almost a year to start spawning again. it could be a lot of factors though. lighting could be a issue shadows stupid stuff like that can spook the fish and they won't breed.

    just take your time do your water changes and feed them on a regular basis and they will start producing. I would take the catfish out just encase they could be eating the eggs while the fish are laying them..
     
  9. MIKEJ0226

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    They could have been spawning before you got them. Sometimes some of my cichlids will take a little vacation from breeding. I've had them stop for up to 6 months before.
     
  10. stevenrox

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    wow given how generous lol maybe try giving them more live and fatty foods blood worms earth worms etc
     
  11. Anonymous

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    That is an awesome thing to be given first off! secondly, it may be the stress of moving/getting used to their new tank. Like previously stated they may not breed again for a while. we do need to know if they have ever bred before, and the water parameters in order to give any more advice though.
     
  12. CichlidStorm

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    fronts are and are not finicky. The easiest way, assuming your water is set, is to turn off the lights, and stop feeding for 3-5 days. They will spawn underfasting as was mentioned above. This had been a technique I have used readily over the past 15 years of breeding them, and it works very well.