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This is a discussion on Cichlids Fighting within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Mutt do you have Texas Cichlid's or Jack Dempsey's you sig read's 3 Texas Cichlids 2 Jag Cichlids your post say's My three Jack ...

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Old 01-21-2007, 12:19 PM   #11
 
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Mutt do you have Texas Cichlid's or Jack Dempsey's

you sig read's
3 Texas Cichlids 2 Jag Cichlids

your post say's
My three Jack Dempsey's
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Old 01-21-2007, 02:54 PM   #12
 
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Please keep in mind that Texas cichlids, Jack Dempseys, and jags are much different than African cichlids, all the way down to their diet needs.
Central and South American cichlids will prefer softer water from what the Africans need, they also are carnivores... where Africans tend to be heavy vegitarians.

The central and south american groups of cichlids do as much digging as the africans, so to hear about the plants is normal. The africans tend to eat the plants, the fish you listed above tend to do more digging than eating.

One other good food option for the dempsey, texas, and jag cichlids is Formula 1 frozen food. This particular food supplies most of the nutrients they need for a well rounded diet, and also contains garlic, which will help to strengthen the immune system.
Mutt, have you checked water quality? Even though the water appears clean and the solid waste is not visible, there is also liquid waste in the water, so checking water params frequently will be of huge benefit to you and your fish. Water params will help you to alter the maintenance schedule as your fish grow.

I'm glad you're aware that these fish will outgrow a 10 gallon tank, though I never suggest even starting them in something that small because they grow so rapidly. The other thing I'll warn about the 10 gallon tank is in topping it off instead of doing actual water CHANGES. Water evaporates, waste does not. If all you do is top off the tank without checking water params, then you can very easily concentrate waste in the water, making it worse by adding water, and harder to get under control. These fish are all prone to illnesses induced by high nitrate levels. Now would be a good time to start planning a larger tank, and if you wish to save some money, go LARGE right away, let the fish grow into the tank. Those fish are going to top out around 8 - 10 inches each, so a tank of well over 100 gallons is going to be needed soon enough. A healthy jack dempsey will more than double in size in 6 - 8 months or less until they get into the 6+ range where it slows down until the fish is full grown.
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:03 AM   #13
 
It's never been really identified if they are texas or jacks, because we caught them out of a lake lol No petstore has been able to say either way. There's more about this in another post.

The water has been tested and it's in good shape. I do use a vaccuum that siphons the water as it goes so therefore, they do get a water change in the process, 20% or so every week.

They all eat everything that's in the tank but the jags seem to take more to the frozen vegie tablets than the other cichlids.

We started with a ten because we thought they were some sort of feeder fish at first. Until after we put them in the tank, then it was apparent they weren't anything of that sort. lol

But now it feels like I've hijacked the post, so let's continue with sho0's issue.

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Old 01-22-2007, 01:24 AM   #14
 
All the above posts are excellent advice!

I dont know how many litres is 10 gallons is but anyway they need a new tank...

And also what your feeding them isnt the best...

You need to choose what you want to keep.

The malawi cichlids should be fed a diet of Brine shrimp,spirulina or other algae based foods and even if you get a pea and de-chell it every so often they will love that..If you feed bloodworms to african cichlids they will get a disease called bloat and once they get it you wont be able to save them unless you catch it in the early stages.Tubifex isnt good for them either i beleive they are caught from highly un hygenic rivers?this can give them parasites too.

I would keep the african cichlids and ditch the american cichlids..Get a bigger tank get mpre african cichlids to spread out the aggression and you will love them in no time :D

Did any of that make sense?

Jamie :D
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:54 PM   #15
 
THE BIGGEST TRICK WITH CICHLIDS IS TO KEEP PLENTY OF HIDING PLACES AND KEEP ENOUGH FISH THAT THEY ARE TOO BUSY LOOKING OVER EACH OTHERS SHOULDER TO PICK ON OTHERS AND MAKE SURE YOU HOUSE EQUALLY AGRESSIVE OR EQUALLY NON AGRESSIVE BREEDS.
YOU ARE ALWAYS GONNA HAVE A BULLY WITH AFI'S BUT JUST ENJOY THEM AND THE CONSTANT ACTIVITY
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