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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-30-2008, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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My Cichlid Eggs Are Gone!

After day 2 of the eggs being laid, i separated the male cichlid, on the 3rd day the eggs were gone! and some eggs were white meaning it's dead, any clue what happened to the eggs?
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what kinds of cichlids? Tank mates? What size tank?

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firemouth cichlid in a 55g with different types of other fish, cichlid eggs are seperated with female cichlid by divider.
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first time brood?

Many fish will eat their eggs the first couple times.

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Firemouths are good aprents...I don't know why you seperated them.

The eggs need something to fan them to keep them oxygenated.

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yes, i have an air bubble device running through and hairgrass and something else (another type of plant can't remember name). was i supposed to keep the male and female together to make it hatch?
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basically, yes. Males fertalize the eggs as they are laid. Both of the parents care for the eggs and fry.

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You should have left both male and female with the eggs, especially firemouths. As fishbguy1 mentioned, both parents ensure that the eggs are well oxygenated by fanning them and cycling them around. Usually white eggs are an indication of oxygen starved eggs.
Perhaps you removed the male before he had a chance to fertilize all of the eggs. Though, 2 days should have been an ample amount of time for him to do his business. Did u witness the fertilization yourself?
On a side note: Sometimes, even the best cichlid parents eat their own eggs/fry. Have these two particular firemouths mated before?
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No, this the first time brood.
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