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post #1 of 18 Old 10-24-2012, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Blue Cichlids

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We just bought ourselves a pair of blue zebra cichlids. they're 1/2 an inch now and they're in a 1X1/2x1/2 tank with six other guppies. i have a bigger tank with a rainbow shark (3 inches) , a pair of kissing gouramis (3 inches) and a neon tetra with a glowtail tetra.

i need help regarding the cichlids. can i transfer them to the bigger tank ? mostly once they're bigger as the shark is quite the idiot towards the smaller fish.

would a bottom lying feed be better for cichlids ? maybe green algae flakes?
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-24-2012, 08:39 AM
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None of the fish you have are compatible with the cichlids, the cichlids once older will stress the other out in a small tank.

Cichlids the minimum tank size should be a 40g breeder or 55g or bigger being better.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-24-2012, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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thank you ! :)

oh noes :( the cichlids are not even compatible with the gouramis ? will i have to keep them in a separate tank right away? we were planning to get them a tank once they grew bigger.
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-24-2012, 03:18 PM
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no they're not compatible with much of anything apart from the same species,
mine just about seem to tolerate the bristlenose that's in there,but he
was in there first and they've grown up together.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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they seem to be getting along fine. they hide under the stones. but the guppies are acting funny. will upload image asap. i'm not sure if they're laying eggs or having a genuine problem.

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they seem to be getting along fine. they hide under the stones. but the guppies are acting funny. will upload image asap. i'm not sure if they're laying eggs or having a genuine problem.

Guppies don't lay egg's.
If it is the cichlid's that are hiding under stone,then maybe they are going to,or have already spawned and are protecting the egg's,fry.
Guppies will become target's/food for cichlids.(poor nutrition for these cichlid's)
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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cichlids are as big as the guppies itself, actually they're smaller than the guppies. i dont think they're spawning. will attach a pic of the guppy asap.

thanks everyone :) i need all the help i can get. the cichlids are gonna go into a new tank once they grow a lil bigger.
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 01:43 PM
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gosh,very small baby cichlids then they're cute and passive at that age.
i'm glad you have another tank for them,i don't want to sound like
a party pooper,but honestly you'll totally get what i've said when they grow .
you can use the guppies as dither fish...it basically shows the cichlids it's fine
to come out and play,the more rockage you have the more secure they will feel.
would really love to see a picture of your tank...

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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here's the tank

the cichlid is at the bottom. i dont know where his partner is.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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this is how the guppy sits at the bottom or floats on top in a corner. its eating well and active but the way it sits down bothers me. is it injured?
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