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Stripping Cyps- the turkey baster method

8 years 10 months ago #32139 by decapod
Depending on how jumbo yours are, you may have trouble finding a turkey baster that's big enough for them. Mine are standard sized Cyps, and I've seen jumbos big enough that they wouldn't fit into my baster. I hope it works out for you, though..

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8 years 10 months ago #32135 by Vipertek
I have a wild group from little Africa of Cyprichromis Jumbo leptosoma "Cape Mpimbwe". yellow head. I have been stripping by hand. I have been getting between 15-18 from each female. I will have to try the "turkey baster"

Something fishy around here

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8 years 10 months ago #32120 by whetfish
I just dunkn them head first in a one gallon bucket until all the fry are out. You need to hold them just right so that their mouth stays open.

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8 years 11 months ago #32044 by decapod
I'm not sure when I'll BAP these, especially since they're about 2 months behind on their usual breeding schedule right now. I was getting really lousy spawn sizes until I started using the turkey baster- 3 or 4 fry was the max.

I have a good group of juvies going now, but they're going to Jeff Michels. I'm giving him first crack at them since he got me the original group on an order from Atlantis.

I've had pretty lousy luck with BAP-sized groups of Cyps anyway. Unless they're kept in a big school, they mope around, don't breed, and don't live very long. I've gotten to the point where I'm very unlikely to buy Cyps unless I'm in for at least a dozen. That gets expensive in a hurry, but in my experience it's well worth it.

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8 years 11 months ago #32043 by scubadiver
So are you going to bap these soon

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8 years 11 months ago #32042 by dragonkeeper
Nice vid.

I don't strip cyps manually. I put them in dip and pours and with in an hour or so they spit the fry themselves.

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #32040 by decapod
Here's a vid showing how to strip Cyps using a turkey baster. I wanted to add more footage and show a different angle, but the Cyps seem to be taking a break from breeding right now and I got sick of waiting for them. I'm pasting in the text I put on YouTube after the embed:



I've heard people talk about using a turkey baster to strip fry from Cyprichromis, but I'd never seen it done until I had to do it myself. It's not nearly as bad as it sounds if you're extremely careful, but I still wouldn't suggest doing it unless there's a very good reason for it. I wouldn't be doing it myself, but my Cyprichromis coloratus sometimes refuse to spit the fry until the mother is nearly starving to death and most of the brood has already been lost. After watching an obvious mouthful turn into just one surviving fry and a scary-skinny mother, I decided that it was time for me to learn how to do this.

The most important thing is to get a turkey baster of the right size + shape where the bulb comes off easily. I got this one at Wal-Mart. Also, make sure that it's already wet before putting the fish in. Otherwise, the fish could stick to the inside of the tube- that might result in eye damage. Put the bulb back on slowly and use very tiny, gentle squeezes. The idea is to carefully push the fry out one or two at a time, not launch them all across the room. Sorry for all the warnings and disclaimers, but this is a delicate process- I don't want the vid to make it look easier than it really is.

When you're done, pull the bulb off and put the tube with the fish in it back into the tank so she can swim out. You can see me do this in the background at the end of the clip, and then see the female swim away near the bottom of the screen.
Last edit: 8 years 11 months ago by decapod. Reason: trying to get embed to work

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