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As in night time when the lights been off for a few hours and they are in rest mode?
Or shortly after you turn the tank lamps off?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(raemaruk @ Mar 22 2011, 11:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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So they should be at least big enough so that they are not of edible size in comparison to the Adults mouths?

And the tank light should be off and the room dark for a few hours....
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There isn't a set rule in stone.

Some big males are just nuts and will kill young just to kill them. But as a general rule I don't see my tropheus or petros eating fry.

I notice, when fry are released with lights on the big fish want to check them out....fish don't have hands.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Mastiffman @ Mar 23 2011, 03:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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As in night time when the lights been off for a few hours and they are in rest mode?
Or shortly after you turn the tank lamps off?[/b]

After a few hours
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So they should be at least big enough so that they are not of edible size in comparison to the Adults mouths?

And the tank light should be off and the room dark for a few hours....

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Once they're in rest mode. BtW, it is important also that you have set up a suitable sized rock pile of some sort e.g ocean rock, so the little ones can seek refuge. The gaps in the pile should be set so that only the little ones can manouvre through it. In a colony, there will always be a few miserable adults that take exception to plucky babies or juveniles that venture out into the open(across state lines!!). 'Usually' this results in a harmless chase back to where they should be i.e the rock pile. I suppose in the fish world and 'fish law', this is deemed to be a violation of territory. Expect the chasing of these young ones to be done by the few idiot/paranoid fish that have assumed boundaries and are usually on highway patrol in the tank.

Anyway, it's just comes down to them getting accustomed to seeing and being around the little ones.

There is no better sight than to see a tank with adults and babies interacting....in a nice way of course!!
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Thanks Mr. J and Rae, refuge noted and lights off for a few hours. Ill take my chances, just a final question. Should the refuge be in center of tank or forward on sides of tank?

Just want to give these guys the best fighting chance. As i raised them from babies, i feel like a parent, crazy as it sounds.

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I would use one end which would make it easier, as it would mean that only one side of the pile would be open. I would pile the rocks so that they extend to one, to one and a half feet.

Assuming you have other rocks in the tank, a new pile, regardless, will attract lots of attention and will be the flavour of the moment as the new hang-out spot in town. If set-up correctly though, they wouldn't be able to penetrate too far in. Even if they did, being that they would have to manouvre quite a bit, they wouldn't pose a threat to the young.





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I would use one end which would make it easier, as it would mean that only one side of the pile would be open. I would pile the rocks so that they extend to one, to one and a half feet.

Assuming you have other rocks in the tank, a new pile, regardless, will attract lots of attention and will be the flavour of the moment as the new hang-out spot in town. If set-up correctly though, they wouldn't be able to penetrate too far in. Even if they did, being that they would have to manouvre quite a bit, they wouldn't pose a threat to the young.





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