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Lamprologus caudopunctatus fry

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Hi Fishy folks

One of my caudopunctatus pairs has produced fry which have ventured out tonight.

Question is do i catch them and transfer to my fry tank now or do i let them take their chances in the tank.

Tankmates are Cyprochromis Leptosoma, Xenotilapia spilopterus and some juvie gold alto comps.

They are so tiny :P

Thanks DAVE

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The parents are like bouncers they have herded every other fish in the tank to the opposite corner.

They fight well above their weight.

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It all depends on whether you want to grow the fry out to sell or watch the interesting behaviour of parents defending their fry from a swarming pack of fry hungry savages (ok maybe not but it sounds better that way :egrin: ).

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How big is the tank? If you want to raise them, I would consider placing them in a fry saver once free swimming. It will ease the stress on the other fish. Alot depends on the comps. They are only juvies, so wont be a problem for mature caudo's to keep away. I have julies which successfully breed right next to large breeding gold comps. The male comp is 5" long and will not enter that territory. Yet he will challenge (and lose) the lepidiolamprologus attenuatus at the other end of a six footer... go figure :? When I kept spilopterus in there, it was they who used to pick off the attenuatus fry. Not the comps. IME caudo's are good parents... so good that in a restricted space they will wear the other fish down before they lose their fry. I have had caudo's breed in the same tank as V moori, the above mentioned attenuatus, hequi, and gold comps. They dont fare well with occelatus... :econf: . Indeed, as you say, they fight well above their weight as do most shellies. The tank was always a 6 footer tho. I have had comps which were real stalkers, other just opportunists. So I would remove the fry if it were me to return the balance, but not from fear of losing them in the short term. They fare well in savers once free swimming. I realise comps are specialist predators, so maybe my experience is an exception.

cheers,

Jason

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