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Is it easy to breed cichlids?

Is it easy to breed cichlids?

Cichlids are one of the largest family of freshwater fishes, containing over 2,000 different species. Not only are these fish colorful and entertaining, but they are also relatively easy to breed in captivity – some breed readily with little to no effort on the part of the aquarium hobbyist!

How long does it take for cichlids to breed?

If you have a large enough tank, do your water changes, and have the correct male female ratio (for breeding purposes at least 1 male for every 3 females), they will breed as soon as they reach sexual maturity. This can take anywhere from 4 months to a year, sometimes even longer.

Can you breed cichlids in a 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 often do cichlids breed?

Females will spawn approximately every 6 weeks if well fed. Most females will eat while incubating, but all usually lose weight during that time. It is important to feed a variety of high quality and palatable foods to keep your breeders in condition.

How can you tell if a Malawi cichlid is pregnant?

You’ll find her resting near the bottom of the brooding pit or in a secluded cave nearby. Her cheeks will be puffed full of the eggs she’s holding in her mouth, where they will develop into baby fish and be ready to swim on their own in about four weeks.

How long do cichlids keep babies in mouth?

She lays her eggs in the nest and he fertilizes them. Then she picks up the eggs in her mouth and carries them until they hatch. The eggs will hatch between 10-15 days after fertilization. The female then hold the babies in her mouth for up to two more weeks, occasionally letting them out to feed them.