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Any idea on age?

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My Pseudotropheus demasoni just were moved into a larger home.

I had never seen any sign of breeding, until we moved them 3 weeks ago.

Any ways sitting and glancing over at the tank. I notice something moving on the filter thinking it was probably hair or something from my last water change.

It turned out to be a little baby. Completely shocked cause they never seen anyone holding. watching cause i knew their behaviour changed.

But i was under the impression the held for like 25-30 and wouldn't eat in that time.

Any ways i have never breed any fish like this so i have no idea how to guess how old the baby is, so i know if it's worth it to go through the tank and look for more.

Can anyone give me any guesses??

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Looks like it was just spit!

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so then your suggestion is theres still a good chance there are more?

Say it is a week or two old also, what chance do you think there would be more in there??

It has lots of rocks and hiding places. Like within the rocks there are holes?

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Hmm - it is hard to tell from the photo because there is nothing to compare the size to. However, my demasoni babies are about 1.5 weeks old now, and I think they are still quite a bit smaller than this. I would guess about 3 weeks old.

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Ofcourse theres a chance I had 2 babies for a long time hiding, till one day they must have gotten to big for the hiding spot and became food for someone

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i will get some pictures of it against something small to compare size.

I have been looking still, without any signs of anymore.

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From the pic it is very hard to determine the exact size of the fish. My guess is that it is between 2-3 weeks old. Sometimes the females can hold small batches especially if its their first time and may not be very noticable. More than likely your female had more than 1 fry and the rest are either hiding in the rockwork you have or became food for the adults.

Allan

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Usually when they are spit, if others are near there is only one or two that survive.

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Is the baby showing the blue colour yet? Mine were born with the black stripes but the rest were white. After they were in the breeder net about two weeks, I really started to notice them changing to the blue colour. I would say if they have blue to them, they are over two weeks old. I hope that helps.

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nope no blue yet.

Just stripes and a big full belly.

I haven't been able to find anymore or notice anymore showing signs of breeding or holding.

And its hard to get a picture cause the little guy hides behind everything lol.

These guys are fast i count them all when they come out to eat but they are in and out so fast its hard to see if they are eating or not.

So i will wait it out and keep a better eye out on when they are holding or not.

Thanks for all the help

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