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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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are jewels compatable with elec. yell. rusties and socolofi?

Hi I have a 75 gallon tank with 4 socolofi, 4 elec. yell., 4 rustys, and 3 jewels. I was wonderin' if the jewels were a wrong choice. The sales person said they would be ok, but after I came home (with jewels in hand) I researched further and I can't come to a definite conclusion if the jewels would be too aggressive for this tank. So far there is no aggression except for the occassional chasing mostly by one of the socolofi who likes his corner! My question to you is Are the jewels compatable for this tank? Thanks
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2011, 04:33 PM
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Well I cant say for certain as I'm still learning about cichlids, I do know that jewels can be aggresive. Adding them in last helps lessen the aggresion from them as they are the newcomers. I would expect any further additions if any won't be treated all that nice however. In my experience as long as you have lots of hiding places(each fish will prolly want it's own hole/cave) you will probably be ok.
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Hi I have a 75 gallon tank with 4 socolofi, 4 elec. yell., 4 rustys, and 3 jewels. I was wonderin' if the jewels were a wrong choice. The sales person said they would be ok, but after I came home (with jewels in hand) I researched further and I can't come to a definite conclusion if the jewels would be too aggressive for this tank. So far there is no aggression except for the occassional chasing mostly by one of the socolofi who likes his corner! My question to you is Are the jewels compatable for this tank? Thanks
One of the things that I saw with doing a quick search is that the jewel requires softer acidic water compared to the others. I am guessing that the jewell comes from a different area, and with my understanding on African cichlids you are not able to mix fish from different lakes. Also with the jewels being fairly aggressive, and from what I saw on the rustys not being as aggressive, I would be concerned that problems would occur. I would wait to see what rrcoolj has to say, from what I have seen very knowledgable about cichlids and would be able to better advise you.
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You should be fine with the fish you have. Jewels aren't from the rift lakes like the mbunas you have they actually are from the rivers of africa. Fish from there are called riverine africans. They do prefer more acidic water but they are like the convicts of africa. They will adapt to any condition. Have lots of caves and your fish will be fine. Out of all those fish your socolofi are probably most aggressive. Watch them as they grow. The only thing I worry about is if your fish pair off. A pair of jewels is a very different story they can be nasty when spawning so watch to see if any pairs form although if you have enough caves etc, your fish might still be fine.

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You should be fine with the fish you have. Jewels aren't from the rift lakes like the mbunas you have they actually are from the rivers of africa. Fish from there are called riverine africans. They do prefer more acidic water but they are like the convicts of africa. They will adapt to any condition. Have lots of caves and your fish will be fine. Out of all those fish your socolofi are probably most aggressive. Watch them as they grow. The only thing I worry about is if your fish pair off. A pair of jewels is a very different story they can be nasty when spawning so watch to see if any pairs form although if you have enough caves etc, your fish might still be fine.

Knew rrcoolj would be able to give you good advice with these guys
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