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  1. adam bekko

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    Hi all, so I got a new Malawi and then I noticed that my one female is holding. The problem is that im moving my tank to a new house on Sunday...anyone have tips for moving the tank and her? She's holding for ~1.5 weeks.
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Yew....

    As far as I know, Its not safe to move the tank with water which means you have to transport her in a container

    Personally i think the chances of her continuing to hold eggs are slim
    If she was holding babies there would be a better chance of siphoning up the babies and moving them separately.
    But lets see... I dont have much experience with Malawis

    If my geos are holding babies and we net them, they spit the babies out and we siphon them out of the community tank.. not sure if maybe you could do this
     
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    adam bekko

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    thanks, this is a first for me; both moving the tank and holding fish.
    maybe im lucky and she keeps them in her mouth
     
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    You have 2 options.
    1 strip the female and tumble the eggs put it in a 20 ltr container filled with water. Depending how long your journey to your new home you need to get the eggs in a tumbler asap.

    2 catch the female with eggs in and place her in a the 20 ltr drum. Hopefully she will still be holding which I think she will.

    The 1st option will definitely work cause at 1.5 weeks the eggs will be wigglers and movement of the car will make the eggs move.

    You can Google how to make an egg tumbler and I'll post how I tumble my frontosa and tropheus eggs tomorrow.

    I hope I'm not to late with this info
     
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    adam bekko

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    thanks for the info, I'm moving on Sunday so u not too late
     
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    It's a pleasure
     
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    Do you think she will hold the eggs if you net her?
    Every time i have tried with my Geos they spit out the eggs or fry..

    Good luck @adam bekko
     
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    When my uncle used to breed them, which was on a large scale, he would drop the water level and remove the females holding eggs with an ice cream container to move them to his tanks that he built to keep the females, untill the fry were big enough before moving the females back with the males.

    Only the females who carried eggs for the first time would on occasion spit out the eggs, the others never did.

    I would try using a large enough container and gently remove her with the water in the container without netting her or spooking her too much and then place her gently in a large drum or bucket alone.

    Good luck.
     
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    Like nico hamman said....

    I did it many times in my days of keeping Malawi cichlids. They don't rid there eggs easily.....
     
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    adam bekko

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    hey so i moved my tank and i had a major catastrophe, 10 of my 13 cichlids died.
    but I've got about 30 fry... I'm hurrying a diy tumbler, any advice?

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    O no what happened?
     
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    Sorry to hear about your loss

    They look big. If you can't see any of the egg sack them and they swim on their own, then no need for a tumbler. A container with small holes in the main tank will be sufficient. you can add a air stone if you like. Or you use a grow out thank to grow them in.
     
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    adam bekko

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    tbh, i don't know. But I've got 40 golden fry and I doubt im moving fish anytime soon.
     
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    adam bekko

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    does anyone have any advice with regards to raising the fry(when to start feeding, moving them to a bigger tank,etc)
     
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    adam bekko

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    thanks for the advice, ive got them in a 2lt bottle with a small airstone at the moment
     
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    I start feeding when the egg sack is completely gone and they are free swimming. I keep them in the main tank in a bucket with holes in until +- 2cm. From that size you can put them in a grow out tank.
    I keep tropheus and they don't eat their fry so my fry goes straight into the main tank from 2cm.

    Malawi cichlids will have a feeding frenzy if you add them to the main tank.
     
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    adam bekko

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    cool, i don't have any fish left so i think I'll put them straight into the main tank. would it be ok if i crushed my regular cichlid feed and fed it to them?
     
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    Yes no problem
     
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    adam bekko

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    cool
    I'll update u guys in a few days
     
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    Im sorry for your loss @adam bekko ...

    On the up side.. you have some babies which is awesome, good luck with them.

    @Nico Hamman , @Ebrahim ,
    Very interesting...
    Next time my Geos are holding i will try with the container as Nico said and see if Im luckier, certainly worth the try.
     

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