Your are NOT the father

Nilsafeller

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Feel like I need to bring my fish on Maury or something...

I'll start off with asking my question before getting into a whole story so I dont bore people before they read everything lol!

Has anyone ever had a tank with say 3 or more cichlids and ended up with a female laying eggs and protecting them... even finding out they have been fertilized but no Male taking their fatherly duties?

I'll start from the begining... basically I had purchased 2 flowerhorn at about 1 inch to grow out a bit before introducing to my Male who is now 6 inches in Hope's one of the two if not both would be female for breeding... jump ahead 4 weeks and I'm now also in possession of 3 carpintis for the same reason


1 of the 3 carpinitis turned out to be a Male and I suspected some incest between the Male and his sister... so I separated the Male and smaller female he WASNT FLIRTING WITH and put into the flowerhorn grow out tank

2 days later the little female has eggs and guarding for dear life! But neither the 2 flowerhorn or the Male carpintis are able to come even close to the eggs... so now I have wrigglers and dont know who the daddy is lol

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Dloks

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Is that Flowerhorn even fertile?
 

tlindsey

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It most certainly could be... but isnt it odd the female wouldnt let the Male help with duties... protecting the eggs with her... maybe it's because they're so young ‍♂:hitting:










Some Cichlid females will drive away the male or even kill to protect the eggs,wriggler's, or fry.
 

Nilsafeller

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Bad pic.... but the mother is doing an amazing job with her fry.... about 80 to 100 of them and she's only 2.5 inches... now to wait and see what they turn out to be

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