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post #11 of 13 Old 08-15-2011, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Jack Dempseys and Firemouths are Central American and share similar water parameters to African Cichlids (just on the lower end of the ph/ hardness scale. My local Electric Blue JD breeder breeds his Africans and Central Americans in the same water with great success. Since my earlier messages I haven't had any major aggression in my tank and none between CA and African.

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Sorry I was not here earlier. African Cichlids and South American Cichlids really should not be mixed in the same aquarium. They have different signals of agression which each species may see as an opposite sign of agression. Keeping Cichlids can be very difficult in a Cichlid community as each have their own species agression and of course like people they can all have their own individual parameters of that agression.

Jack Dempseys and Firemouths are from South America

For Lake Malawaiin Cichlids I would suggest not having a tank smaller than 55 gallons to keep most of the species. Yellow Labs tend to be actually a more passive species in comparison to others from the lake and most of the species can do quite severe Cidamage if terroritorial agression is not monitored.

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Electric Yellow Cichlid(Labidochromis caeruleus) Care and Information Sheet - Aquarium Fish Keeping
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-15-2011, 09:17 AM
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I would never suggest mixing african with centrals but that's because I like naturalistic aquariums that look like a slice of nature. That being said they should be ok together but you will need to provide more hiding places in the form of rocks and what not. Mbunas look a lot better kept with their own kind IMO. Seeing a tank stocked with mbunas is like watching a cichlid city something is always going on. how do you know what gender they are have you vented them? If you truly have one male and one female get at least one other female because the male very well may kill the female in time.

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I would never suggest mixing african with centrals but that's because I like naturalistic aquariums that look like a slice of nature. That being said they should be ok together but you will need to provide more hiding places in the form of rocks and what not. Mbunas look a lot better kept with their own kind IMO. Seeing a tank stocked with mbunas is like watching a cichlid city something is always going on. how do you know what gender they are have you vented them? If you truly have one male and one female get at least one other female because the male very well may kill the female in time.
It was a guess from markings, I have not vented them. The alpha Lab has changed back and forth recently so I'm not sure. I will not be getting anymore fish atm as my tank is already overstocked due to a settlement on my house not going through (long story). Will almost certainly be moving in just over a month and have another tank in storage ready to go when I move.
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