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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:58 am 
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Hello everyone,

I know there is a lot posted in reference to this topic, but I have a few specific questions I'd like to ask.

I just discovered my female Burundi is holding - her mouth is positively packed with eggs. This is her first time (I put a new large, F1 male in about two weeks ago and they've been inseparable ever since). I've read a lot of mixed opinions as to what one should do with a holding female; I personally would like to go about this in the least stressful way possible for her, so I'm just not sure what to do. I definitely don't want to strip the eggs if I don't have to.

I'm concerned that the male is now bothering her - he is constantly hanging about and doesn't nip her, but definitely pushes her around/chases her. Should I separate her from the rest of the group? I have a breeder box that hangs off of the tank, and I also have a breeder net that suctions on the inside of the tank. Another option could be for me to get a tank divider and split the tank - keeping my other Fronts on one side, and her on the other until she's done holding. Of course if there are any other suggestions I'm all ears - I will go and buy whatever I need tomorrow. I haven't a clue what I'm doing in this area so any advice is welcome!

Also wondering if I should buy a tumbler - can anyone suggest a good one to buy?

Thanks in advance for the help,

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 Post subject: Re: Help!
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How big is the tank and how many other fronts do you have? A net or breeder box will be too small and stressful. If the tank is big enough, then a divider could be a solution, but I'd just let her be but keep an eye on her. Make sure the others are fed well and if she goes for 7 days she should go the distance. A separate tank is the best solution if you want the fry - remove her from the main tank after about 25 days. Just a bare tank with a piece of pvc pipe for cover will do.

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How big is the tank and how many other fronts do you have? A net or breeder box will be too small and stressful. If the tank is big enough, then a divider could be a solution, but I'd just let her be but keep an eye on her. Make sure the others are fed well and if she goes for 7 days she should go the distance. A separate tank is the best solution if you want the fry - remove her from the main tank after about 25 days. Just a bare tank with a piece of pvc pipe for cover will do.



+1. great advice

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I had a female Burundi that would hold the whole time. I would notice she had a mouth full and I mean a mouth full wasn't sure how she got all those eggs in her mouth. I would write the date down and give myself a day or two that she may have had breed and then about 18-19 days strip swimmers. She had a lot of broods like that. Make sure you have some where for her to hide from the male at least some where to give her a break from him seeing and pushing her around. If you have that you may be ok. Good luck you are going to have a lot of babies!!!



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