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Old 02-23-2014, 06:11 PM   #1
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GBR making a mess?


Probably a dumb question but this is my first time housing GBR. I bought an unsexed pair off of fleabay about a week ago and got them in the mail on 2/20. It's been 2 days since they been swimming around and I noticed that they are kicking up a ton of detritus from the substrate and wherever else it may settle. Is this normal behavior for these cichlids? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:56 PM   #2
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sounds like your tank could use a vacuum then see if its as bad
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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I actually did that yesterday but I can only do a bit since most of my tank is planted or covered by driftwood.

I spent some time watching them closely and I sexed them as a male and female (go figure) Judging mostly by the finnage. Anyways, Did some more research about breeding and what they're doing sounds awfully similar to cleaning behavior.

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Old 02-23-2014, 09:32 PM   #4
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yea they will dig pits or rub against flat rocks to clean them before breeding

if its a male and female I wouldnt doubt this is what they are doing
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I didn't expect that. Especially 3 days after receiving them. Guess we'll see how it turns out.

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yea they will dig pits or rub against flat rocks to clean them before breeding

if its a male and female I wouldnt doubt this is what they are doing
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:36 PM   #6
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If they were happy and healthy, they may have just been waiting for a nice quiet place of their own!
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:39 PM   #7
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Well my tank is well cycled but I didn't think the params were ideal for GBR breeding. Slightly alkaline and hard(ish) water. The driftwood i have has been leeching some tannins but I didnt think it'd be enough. Oh well, I shouldn't be complaining lol.

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:23 AM   #8
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if the rams were tank raised I doubt they care about the params as long as they aren't extreme

the only thing is the eggs wont hatch without it being soft water
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Nature has a way of getting the genes passed on even under less than ideal conditions. The first time is also more likely to be a failure. It takes a bit of practice to get it all together sometimes, so if they fail the first time, don't panic and change too much. Give them a time or two and then if it is still not working, maybe look at small changes. They won't give up if you don't.
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Thats the whole reason i bought them. All the LFS around me only carry wild caught. Ever since i started understanding the impacts of collecting wild specimens when I kept reef tanks I only buy tank raised.

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if the rams were tank raised I doubt they care about the params as long as they aren't extreme

the only thing is the eggs wont hatch without it being soft water
I didn't specifically get them to breed them but I sure wouldnt mind giving it a shot!

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Looks like they were going to breed....





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