11-10-2009, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by andrewr2488
Ok,yeah they seemed to have a small squable about who gets the driftwood but they've been sharing it now... lol not sure if thats typical of an african cichlid.
Yes thats typical of an african chichlid they are determining who is the dominant fish this does not mean one is female and one is male. The one that is a smidget bigger and has darker stripes will be the dominant. Dominant males have better colours and will grow quicker because they will get more food.
One of them does seem to have darker stripes and is a smidget bigger than the other. I'm sure its too early to tell but maybe one is a male and other is a female.. Either way I'm pretty impressed with their quality being that they came from wal-mart. They had one yellow lab but i'm getting the yellow labs and the acei from petsmart. I'm going to set up the 50g wednesday and let it run til friday, then could I add these 2 fish or is it too early? I'd like to get all my fish within a weeks time if possible.
theres no point just letting the tank run with nothing in it other than for dust and other debris to settle. No ammonia = no cycle = same as putting fish in straight away
For my cycling process, Would adding 2 Pseudotropheus Lombardoi, 3 Labidochromis Caeruleus, and 2 Pseudotropheus Acei be too many fish for my 50g tank cycle? If so how many should I add being that I already have the P. Lombardoi.
I dont know if your new to fish keeping and im not trying to be rude it may seem that way but i am honestly trying to help so dont take it as being rude.
If you intend on using those fish to cycle your tank it is potentially a disaster waiting to happen. Cycling should ideally be done without fish (read up on fishless cycling). If you are going to cycle with fish (i did when i didn't know any better) get hardy fish African chichlids do need good stable water and aren't as tolerant as other fish.
Personally as you already have those 2 chichlids if they are in a cycled tank i would put the filter that is in that tank along with the other filter that you are going to be using permanently in the 50g as this will help in speeding up the cycling process. Then once the 50g is cycled (meaning no ammonia or nitrite at all) leave it a week and then add 1-2 fish a week so as not to cause another mini cycle.
fish prices are normally pretty stable and wont change over the course of a couple of weeks so there is no benefit in going out and buying 7 fish in on hit and putting them in the tank it will only cause problems. I hope this helps again i don't mean to be rude and i check this forum pretty often so if something needs clarification just ask. Also try and add the most aggressive fish last as this will cause less problems.