Cichlid fry shelter

PVC tube and PEX pyramid. Photo by the author.

PVC tube, end view. Photo by the author.


This post is about catching specific-sized juvenile cichlids in a tank containing multiple broods. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I semi-regularly take the offspring of the cichlids I breed to my LFS for store or fish credit. In most of my tanks, I don’t separate my breeding pairs once they’ve spawned. The result is that I tend to have multiple broods in the same tank. So what problem am I trying to solve?

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Get a new t-shirt from The Cichlid Stage – for free

The Cichlid Stage t-shirt, front. Photo by the author.
The Cichlid Stage t-shirt, back. Photo by the author.

One quick-acting blog reader can win a free t-shirt right now. I will even ship it for free (anywhere in the world)! To participate you must be a member of at least two of the Facebook groups listed below. The rules are simple and are listed below the Facebook groups. You must complete each step in the rules. The first reader that completes each step below wins!

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Clean those impeller shafts!

Eheim Ecco 2235 canister filter impeller with shaft inserted. Photo by the author.


Eheim Ecco 2235 canister filter impeller and impeller shaft removed. Photo by the author.

Three years ago, I posted about keeping your power filters clean, especially the impeller and impeller housing. The point of that post was to help you avoid filter restart problems in the event of a power outage (or when you unplug the filter when you feed your fish or some other reason). Most of the time, a restart failure is due to a dirty impeller housing, dirty impeller, dirty impeller shaft, or all of the above. 

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Julidochromis dickfeldi  domestic housecleaning

Adult female Julidochromis dickfeldi. Note the rectangular, ceramic tube in the background with most of the opening blocked by the rock (below the cichlid). Photo by the author. 

As a regular breeder of J. dickfeldi, I spend considerable time observing them. Of the many interesting behaviors they exhibit, perhaps one of the most is their propensity for house cleaning.

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