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Published on Apr 19, 2010
I recently figured out that some cichlid spawns that I thought were no good were actually partially good.
When eggs are laid, if they're not fertilized properly then they turn white by the 2nd day, and pretty much all at the same time. The rock will look all white.
But, if one or both parents are partially fertile, then the infertile eggs will turn white, but you may also see fertile eggs mixed in with the dead white ones. The rock in this vid looked mostly white, with about 25% normal amber-coloured eggs mixed in.
My female wasn't doing a good job of cleaning off the dead eggs, and fungus started to attack them. The fungus spreads to the good eggs, and if you don't intervene, then the fungus will kill all the good eggs (turning everything fuzzy and white in a matter of 4-5 hours).
So you gotta take the eggs away from the parents and remove the dead eggs yourself as soon as you see fungus starting up. This is only the second spawning that I've done this to, so technique is a little rough.