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The Process Of Mouth Brooding In African Cichlids

African cichlids are a group of fishes that belong to the Cichlidae family. These fishes are found in various lakes of Africa including, Tanganyika, Malawi, and Victoria lakes. African cichlids are available in various colors and patterns. These fishes are of more than 1500 types. The most common type of African Cichlids is African butterfly, Yellow African, African peacock cichlid, Orange zebra cichlid, and many more.

Besides being colorful and active, they are also easy to breed. Mouth brooding is the most common type of mating process in African cichlids. Yellow labs, red zebras, yellow-tailed acei, and other Lake Malawi cichlids are the most common mouthbrooders.

Many fish sellers prefer to breed African cichlids for selling purposes. Nowadays, people also prefer to buy fishes online. African Cichlids price is quite affordable for buyers. So, breeding can be a profitable deal for sellers as well as buyers.

Mouth breeding is the process in which female fishes incubated their eggs in their mouth. African cichlid females lay eggs and male fishes fertilized them. Afterward, female fishes gather them in their mouth until the eggs are ready to hatch into fry.

Even after they become fry, mother fish allow them to enter into her mouth for a certain period due to protective concerns. When they become larger, mother fishes stop letting them into her mouth.

Breeders provide a comfortable size aquarium to their fishes. African cichlids require a pH of 7.5-9.0 and a temperature of 77-86° F for surviving in the aquarium. The aquarium must be filled with plenty of rocks, so that female fishes get a place to lay their eggs. The bottom of the aquarium is filled with sand, due to different purposes, and some of the female fishes also lay their eggs in these sand pits. African cichlids are in demand among fish lovers and aquarists.

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