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post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2012, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Shy Cichlids...??

I'm sure there is a thread already for something like this...but everyone's situation is different so here's mine:

I have a 55 gallon with 2 (most likely male) Jack Dempseys, 1 Blood Parrot and 1 Hi-Fin Spotted Plecostomus. I have a sand substrate, and lots of hiding spots/territories. They have been in the tank since May/June and are growing rapidly. I'm just disappointed because they spook way easily and are always hiding.

At one point I tried adding rosy barbs as dither fish but they all died. I was thinking of trying again with Zebra Danios, because the JDs are both pretty young still and I don't think they'll be able to fit them in their mouths.

Any suggestions? I have soft water, around 25GH and my pH is around 8, temp kept between 78 & 80 degrees F.

Here is a picture of my set up:

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-29-2012, 01:22 PM
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Very nice tank.

Try giant danios as dither fish.

AS you said they are still young and they will get more tame after a wail.

My Silver Dollars hid for about two months and now they will jump out of the tank wen they are hungry.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-29-2012, 05:13 PM
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Young Cichlids are very often shy. My Blood parrots were very, very shy for a good couple of months. Now they are out and about all the time!
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-30-2012, 07:30 AM
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what size are we talking about for the JD's?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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what size are we talking about for the JD's?
I have one about 3 1/2 inches and the other is probably 4"? I don't really know, I'm horrible with visual estimation! haha

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-30-2012, 10:25 PM
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They are still quite small and as such, will be a bit timid.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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