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post #1 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Cichlids not growing

Ive got 10 cichlids for almost a year now. However they are still small, about 1 and a half inches. Why are they not growing? They were about an inch long when I got them.
Are there some foods that I am not giving them? I feed them flaked fish food.
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 01:50 AM
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What species are they? I've kept many types of south american cichlids, but in order to give advice I would need to know what type of fish you have please.

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post #3 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you.
They are Malawian Cichlids from the Lake Nyasa.
I hope I have given sufficient info?
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 02:30 AM
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Thanks JB. I'm notvery familiar with african cichlids but I know a few people who are, so I'll post on this thread as soon as I can get some usefull info.

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 08:26 AM
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What size tank are they in? This may sound crazy but fish grow bigger, generally speaking, in larger tanks.

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-14-2014, 09:48 AM
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So from lake Malawi on the Mozambique area? Is possible you have small cichlids . But there are more then 1200 species of cichlids in lake Malawi alone.
Can you give me a detailed description ? Face shape , mouth ,colors / patterns ?
Better yet...Can you add a picture of them?


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post #7 of 12 Old 03-16-2014, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics for you to see what types they are.



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post #8 of 12 Old 03-16-2014, 08:56 PM
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Yellow labs and the white with stripes ones are Metriaclima lombardoi (Kenyi) females most likely. However I think I see a hap in the first pic which would require different food.
What food have you been feeding them specifically ? The Kenyi and labs are herbivores and require specialized foods for African cichlids and some veggies . Also what size is the tank ? And what is your KH and GH in that tank ?

They should be larger at this point .. Yes ... However they don't get really big . They are small - medium fish .


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post #9 of 12 Old 03-17-2014, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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I do have 2 more of a different types but i didnt manage to get them in the pic, lol they were swimming like crazy. Il try to post another pic with them included, soon. As for food, I just feed them standard tropical fish flakes and occasionally some chopped cooked meat and sometimes crust of bread, and thats it. They devour plants but I havent added any in a long time.
The tank is a standard 1 metre long size, I dont know if you get it, but Id have to measure how much water goes in there and will let you know exactly.

Oh, and theyve been here almost for a year with no problem so I didnt bother to find out the water quality

Thanks to jim and sskylight for your help and interest. Most appreciated.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-17-2014, 01:44 PM
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You'll need to get a better food source for them . Mbuna do well on New life spectrum Cichlid formula supplemented with zucchini , carrots , even fresh seaweed. Anything to meaty can cause issues for them .. However the possible haps you have in there can do ok on meatier foods but I still would not feed those cooked meat .. Or the flakes . African cichlids really benefit from specialized foods as do most fish benefit from higher quality food.

Mbuna do not have to digestive system to handle the same food carnivore fish eat .

However if those other fish you have .. At least one looks to be a hap .. Which would be a carnivore . Either way I'd still say you're safer staple food is NLS cichlid formula .


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