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post #11 of 21 Old 10-28-2009, 10:36 PM
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dritwood wouldnt be smart cause it would lower the ph
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-29-2009, 04:00 PM
I would say add some dithers, though I have no experience with mbuna's specifically.

It worked wonders for my SA/Centrals until they ate them all. Though, after the live feeders they are out and about constantly.
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-31-2009, 12:09 PM
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is the tank in a room where you spend most of your time? i have 2 cichlid tanks, one in our bedroom, and one in our living room

the fish in the living room took about a month to start to swim about all the time, the ones in the bedroom took a long time to get comfortable w/ just me...and even longer to get used to my kids (2yr and 6yr)

basicly what im getting at is if your only around the fish tank for a short time every now and then the fish will take longer to get used to you and realize you wont hurt them
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post #14 of 21 Old 06-10-2010, 10:42 PM
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I have the same problem. I have just started a tank with 18 baby cichlids and the tank is running now for two years. Before it was running with guppies and mollies.

Any advice to get them out from hiding behind anything
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post #15 of 21 Old 06-11-2010, 05:30 AM
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Try adding more hiding places and decor. Sounds strange, but the more hiding places the fish have, the less inclined they'll be to stay behind cover all the time.

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post #16 of 21 Old 06-11-2010, 11:58 AM
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Thanks I will today.
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post #17 of 21 Old 06-19-2010, 09:57 AM
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the best way to get them out of hiding all the time is to spend more time around the tank they will be scared at first but once they realize your not there to hurt or eat them they will come out. it took my mbunas about a month or so to become comfortable with me and my family they are very very smart fish, able to recognise faces

oh and your tank... they love sand always digging in it and go for a natural looking backgroung maybe with rocks and plants i noticed it made my guys feel safer and more at home

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post #18 of 21 Old 09-10-2012, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by silvershark12 View Post
had a piece of driftwood more natural and encourages them to come out hiding and not many rocks
Driftwood lowers your pH and therefore wouldn't be a good choice for a mbuna tank. My cichlids will behave this way sometimes, especially if there is someone or something in the room that they don't recognize (like a cat).. Good luck
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-10-2012, 10:50 PM
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Just to point out this thread is over 4 years old and unlikely to get anymore responses.

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post #20 of 21 Old 09-16-2012, 06:04 PM
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Perhaps just re-arranging the rocks would encourage them out more. Plan the layout so they hang out at a place where you can still see them. I agree with the comments about some plants. Perhaps plan for some plants when you re-arrange. Good luck
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