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Old 12-18-2006, 06:47 AM   #11
 
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I have started noticeing the two fish have started to be more active and my little yellow guy likes to follow around the peacock. Another question I thought of is I have two little channel cats with them that seem to pop out and scare them every onece in a while. Should I remove them or are they ok till they get some size to them? no one seems to be getting hurt just a little startled.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:39 PM   #12
 
Nix the channel cats.
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:27 AM   #13
 
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Channel cats get very aggressive as they grow and they get quite big compared to most pet store fish.

In my exp (which i have a lot with cichlids) cichlids are bottom/mid water fish. If you have a cichlid at the surface its because another fish is making it stay there. In every case that i had a surface cichlid its because if he left the surface another cichlid would put him back there with a few bites for not listening the first time. So im going to say something is probally pestering/attacking your yellow fish, and the channel cats are probally the ones doing it.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:05 AM   #14
 
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If you have a cichlid at the surface its because another fish is making it stay there.
I highly doubt that my 5" Nimbochromis venestus is being kept near the top by 3 <1" zebras, whom which he could easily make a snack out of. that and 2 little 4" plecos are his only tankmates. he has free run of the entire tank, yet he seems to be most happy spending nearly 90% of his time in the upper regions of the tank.
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:22 AM   #15
 
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:D Well my tank is looking better every day and sense someone said I could add a few more fish I got 2 brite orange ones from the mixed tank at petsmart last night. They look just like the ones in the 8.99 tank only smaller and I got them for 2.99. Im not sure what they are and I was a little worried when I got them home and noticed how small one was compared to the rest of my fish. The peacock and the jellybean started picking on it as soon as they saw him. But it was weird because the Auratus started niping at them. I think he has become the boss of the tank, either that or its a female and wanted to take care of it. It was just kind of funny that that was the fish I worried would eat the little guy. Anyhow my tank is lively now, they all stay in a group most of the time but there all over the tank. Just wanted to update you on it. And tell you all thanks for all the help I have gotten on this board.
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:26 AM   #16
 
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Bright orange ones are most likely Zebras (Pseudotropheus estherae). They can get a little aggressive. regardless, the Auratus will be a problem in your tank, Auratus get very aggressive, especially as they start to reach maturity.
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