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New to me Cichlid Tank !
Old 01-20-2008, 11:03 PM   #11
 
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3rd photo is Labidochromis caeruleus for sure. 5th photo I believe is kenyi. I'm familiar with the first and second photos but I can't remember their names. I believe the first is Pseudotropheus estherae. This is only a guess. I've kept them before but that was ages ago.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:07 PM   #12
 
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Ok ... got ya I was reading that just now..so maybe a couple hrs a night just to admire them.
Another question...goodness, I'm full of them lol Is it normal for them all to be out and about...From reading I thought they were fish that liked to hide...mine are swimming all around...together...they don't appear at all agitated just very alert and busy !
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:11 PM   #13
 
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Ok ... got ya I was reading that just now..so maybe a couple hrs a night just to admire them.
Another question...goodness, I'm full of them lol Is it normal for them all to be out and about...From reading I thought they were fish that liked to hide...mine are swimming all around...together...they don't appear at all agitated just very alert and busy !
I don't see a problem as long as they appear healthy. Remember that often a fish likes hiding places to hide in yes, but also just to feel secure. they will be happier swimming about knowing that they have somewhere to retreat to than they would be if there wasn't.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:16 PM   #14
 
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Ok ... got ya I was reading that just now..so maybe a couple hrs a night just to admire them.
Another question...goodness, I'm full of them lol Is it normal for them all to be out and about...From reading I thought they were fish that liked to hide...mine are swimming all around...together...they don't appear at all agitated just very alert and busy !
That's normal. Maximize filtration and remove your other fish leaving the cichlids by themselves. These are not community fish and are best kept by themselves.

As for the food, avoid foods containing proteins of more than 30%. Stick with foods containing high fiber content. Your best bet are veggies and spirulina flakes and other commercial foods with green matter. Please do not mix them with fish that require very high protein diet such as the haplochromis.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:17 PM   #15
 
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Thanks Falina...this is a new " crazy " for me...joining a fish group and having a thread with " name MY fish " in it lol

Thanks Lupin , from looking at pictures online it looks like your right !
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:20 PM   #16
 
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Hi Lupin,

As mentioned I just adopted this tank...but the former owner has had these fish together for some time and they appear very healthy..I have been looking at the going on's all day and there has been no agresion. They all seem very happy together...no stress
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:24 PM   #17
 
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Hi Lupin,

As mentioned I just adopted this tank...but the former owner has had these fish together for some time and they appear very healthy..I have been looking at the going on's all day and there has been no agresion. They all seem very happy together...no stress
It would be a good idea to separate them.:) An excuse for another tank isn't bad.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:28 PM   #18
 
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HAHA with " very human " babies... I'm lucky to have one lol One thing is for sure, the tank and fish are beautiful ! I'm going to keep a close eye and if I see any problems at all, such as adding stress to the tank..what I will do is maybe trade with the pet store for other more suited..
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:47 PM   #19
 
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HAHA with " very human " babies... I'm lucky to have one lol One thing is for sure, the tank and fish are beautiful ! I'm going to keep a close eye and if I see any problems at all, such as adding stress to the tank..what I will do is maybe trade with the pet store for other more suited..
That would be a good idea. Most fish stores are quite good when it comes to taking unwanted fish or unsuitable fish and many will give you a trade.

Any questins about what fish you would like, post and we'll help if we can. :)
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Old 01-21-2008, 01:05 AM   #20
 
I will do my best to identify each African Cichlid.

Pic #1, front is a Pseudotopheus zebra, behind is probably an ascii

Pic #2, top, rainbow fish(non-cichlid), next, probably a Haplochromis venustus in non-dominant colors, may be a female, bottom, tiger barb (non-cichlid)

Pic #3, top, Labidichromis caerelius, bottom, a rusty

Pic #4, a rusty, Iodotropheus sprengerae

Pic#5, Pseudotropheus kenyii, female
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