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Spawning African Cichlids

If you find yourself in a position where you would like to begin the process of spawning African Cichlids, there are a wide variety of things that you need to keep in mind. First, spawning African Cichlids is a very expensive and time consuming endeavor. As young fry, or the baby fish, are very prone to diseases and other problems, you need to make certain that you have a lot of experience in African Cichlid care. As the fry are prone to problems, you will need to know best how to protect the young fish while still giving them the diet that they need to grow healthy and strong.

However, before you worry about grow out tanks for African Cichlid fry, you need to know everything you can about breeding African Cichlids. This includes knowing the difficulty level of different Lake Malawi Cichlids or Lake Tanganyika Cichlids, as well as what species can or should be bred together. You also need to make certain that you can sell or find aquarium guide homes for these fish before you begin spawning your African Cichlids.

Once you have decided whether or not you have the space and time for spawning African Cichlids, you will need to decide which fish you want to breed. First, you should select a species that has a record for being somewhat easy to spawn. This will help make the trial and error process much simpler for you. Once you have selected a species, you will want to make certain that you can find a pair of fish that are worthy of being bred.

These fish should be stellar examples of what the breed should look like in both coloration, health and form. This can be the most difficult aspect of spawning African Cichlids, as stellar fish can be expensive or difficult to find. Once you have purchased your fish, you do not want to begin the spawning process immediately. You will want to condition your fish so that they are in the best health possible and ready to be spawned when you have the time and funds to be able to feed your baby fish.

Depending on the variety of Cichlids you will be breeding, you will need different types of food, so you should plan accordingly. While there are emergency fry rations available at your local fish store, should you encounter a problem, it is always better to be prepared. Once you are ready, you should begin the spawning process.

Spawning African Cichlids, like many other fish, usually requires some sort of "trigger" to begin the process. This varies from species to species. When you go to spawn, you need to make certain that you have the means to provide this "trigger", or your attempt at breeding African Cichlids will fail. With proper time and planning, and a little luck, you should be able to have a successful spawning of your African Cichlids.

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