Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:55 pm Post subject: Help required on breeding cichlids
Two months back, me and my brother were visiting Chennai and we also planned and made a trip to kolathoor. We visited several breeding farms there and from one of the farms, we purchased some females of the following
1. Melanochromis Auratus
2. White Morphs
3. Metriaclima lombardoi (Kenyi)
We came back to bangalore and released them in our tanks. All the Auratus have turned into male and even the Kenyi, four out of five became males. All the white morphs have also turned into males.
Can some one help me in understanding this strange behavior. They were all females in the farm.
Is the tank's water condition responsible for this. Would appreciate any help on this.
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:40 am Post subject: Re: Help required on breeding cichlids
Auratus will stay yellow, if it is a female but the male will turn to black.
As far as white morphs are concerned, the females will be a pure white in color but the males will get a blueish tinge. And for Kenyi, the females will stay blue but the males will become orange in color.
For the Knyis, he had given us juveniles, so it was not a shock to us, but Auratus and white morphs were sexed when he had given us. Thats the reason we got confused.
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:31 pm Post subject: Re: Help required on breeding cichlids
All Auratus will change color in adult stage regardless of whether they are male or female.
There are different strains of what you call as white morph, some have blue tinge, some have even orange tinge in the tail, some have just two yellow spots on the tail..etc Hence, the criterion for sexing is not on color alone.
You have mentioned that you picked these from a farm in Kolathur and as far as i know the breeders in kolathur are not stupid enough to give you females... Its a business for them and i hope you understand.
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Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:05 pm Post subject: Re: Help required on breeding cichlids
Please note fish sold are spiked with an overdose of testosterone so that all look like males, and turn sterile.
For all you know the chap would have packed the fish in spiked water, that's why they turned males.
Safeguarding their business.
It is better to get your livestock from known honest people, you'll find many on IAH.
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:44 pm Post subject: Re: Help required on breeding cichlids
The guy at the farm showed us fish with eggs in the mouth and showed us the difference between these and the males (ones with out eggs in the mouth), and they definitely seemed different.
We had to trust him.
Can you please give me some tips on how to actually go about recognizing them as male or female, as we are planning to go to chennai tomorow and are also planning to visit the place again.
Can testosterone or any harmone exist in gaseous state, as the only thing which the guy did was that he filled oxygen into the plastic bag. The water he used was from one of his tanks, so am sure it was not spiked.
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