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 Post subject: Are Frontosas Harder to Strip?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:08 pm 
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Are Frontosas Harder to Strip?

I have probably stripped African cichlids over 250 times. From Yellow Labs to Tropheus to Cyprichromis to E. kilesa to Foai and so on. My experience with Frontosas is a little more limited - to maybe four times.

This last time when I stripped a wild caught Mpimbwe at 24 days, it took me three attempts to get fry out and even then I had to pry her mouth open four times after the first release to get 18 total fry out of her. The fry are all doing fine but I am looking for hints. With most African cichlids they usually spit a bunch the first attempt and the balance the second attempt. Some will spit on their own in the bucket after the first expulsion.

I let the female sit in the bucket for a couple of minutes between attempts. I did not want to unduly stress her out. Do I have fish that are extra good holders or are frontosas like this for the most part?

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 Post subject: Re: Are Frontosas Harder to Strip?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:51 am 
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in my limited experience it just depends on the fish. some don't want to give them up, but one of mine spits the second she's in the net. i'd call it a mixed bag. others may agree or disagree based on their own fish and experience. i will say i like to get a good grip on the female the second she's in the net because she usually freaks out and will thrash against the glass while i am removing her from the tank if i do not. just a firm grip don't squeeze too hard and squish her. :mrgreen:

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