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Hello,
I would like to know what a female does when she is holding,
Does she still do the breeding ritual/shaking?
When she loses/eats her eggs, when will she be able to breed again?
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If she is holding she will still continue to breed. When she has a real mouthful she will stop eating. You will notice that she looks like she has a mouthful of something, though sometimes it is less noticeable with larger fish. She will go toward the food but not take any bites. If she loses or swallows her eggs she will still breed again. It takes several times for a female to hold full term, in my experience. I have some young adult sp. black that have been breeding like crazy for a couple months with nothing to show for it.
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Both questions not answered..
So again;
Does a holding female still do the shaking when she already has eggs holding?
How long does it take to make new eggs?(I know this also depends on the feeding)
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Yes they will sometimes, They will spawn about every few months depending on each individual fish, and their diet as well as frequency of water changes and water quality.

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Does a holding female still do the shaking when she already has eggs holding?
How long does it take to make new eggs?(I know this also depends on the feeding)
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Both questions not answered..
So again;
Does a holding female still do the shaking when she already has eggs holding?
How long does it take to make new eggs?(I know this also depends on the feeding)

Once the Spanwing has been completed (female is holding her eggs) they will still go through the Spawning Ritual with the males for a few days afterward to ensure that all of the eggs have been fertilized or have been as best as possible. So Shaking will still happen. Sometimes it to get the male to continue releasing milt for the eggs and sometimes it's to Submit and say "I'm not a threat to you and your territory"...

They will pretty much act as normal and will still even chase other females away from her if she chooses. But fro the most part, they seem to try and "Blend in" with the colony but will also act submissive at times. Whne feeding the colony, they will rush towards the food most times and try seek some pieces that are small enough to consume After they feel comfrotable enough to eat without destroying their eggs. Tey eggs are very delicate and it's amazing that they can juggle them around with destroying any let eating while holding.

African Cichlid females produce eggs in the "gonad" (yes, that's were the term came from! ) roughly every 35 -40 days... IF properly cared for.

I hope this answers your questions?
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Hi Mastiffman, you gave me some good answers thanks a lot!
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Once the Spanwing has been completed (female is holding her eggs) they will still go through the Spawning Ritual with the males for a few days afterward to ensure that all of the eggs have been fertilized or have been as best as possible. So Shaking will still happen. Sometimes it to get the male to continue releasing milt for the eggs and sometimes it's to Submit and say "I'm not a threat to you and your territory"...

They will pretty much act as normal and will still even chase other females away from her if she chooses. But fro the most part, they seem to try and "Blend in" with the colony but will also act submissive at times. Whne feeding the colony, they will rush towards the food most times and try seek some pieces that are small enough to consume After they feel comfrotable enough to eat without destroying their eggs. Tey eggs are very delicate and it's amazing that they can juggle them around with destroying any let eating while holding.

African Cichlid females produce eggs in the "gonad" (yes, that's were the term came from! ) roughly every 35 -40 days... IF properly cared for.

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Yeah and I read an article saying tropheus are monogomous but I noticed one of my females layed eggs with one male and the next day she was getting her eggs fertilized by another male.
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Yeah and I read an article saying tropheus are monogomous but I noticed one of my females layed eggs with one male and the next day she was getting her eggs fertilized by another male.
Ive had females go back and forth between two males at the same time.
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