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Old 05-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
 
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Type of Cichlid?

Okay so i was in my LFS today returing some dead fish,
the employlees all know me from coming in often so one of them told me that they had a fish that was left out back yesterday by someone in a bucket, so she took it in and added it to one of the tanks today...

He is about 5-6in long, but i just dont know what kind of Cichlid he is and what kind of fish he can go in with, i have him in my 14 gallon that i was keeping my baby fish in, but their in a net breeder at the moment till i know if he can be with any of my other fish or not


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Old 05-07-2011, 04:01 AM   #2
 
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It isn't an electric yellow is it
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:06 AM   #3
 
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Not an electric yellow. It looks to be a female, because it's silver, but what species I don't know. Could be an afra or q peacock - females are almost identical with a lot of Africans.

I am quite sure it IS an African - so as long as you have an African tank, and hard, basic water, you should be good.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:26 AM   #4
 
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Sorry I couldn't see the photo properly before cuz I was using my phone, yeah not an electric yellow sorry
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
 
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Not an electric yellow. It looks to be a female, because it's silver, but what species I don't know. Could be an afra or q peacock - females are almost identical with a lot of Africans.

I am quite sure it IS an African - so as long as you have an African tank, and hard, basic water, you should be good.
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I do have rather hard water. Would it try to eat any of my fish from my 29 gallon tanks? like platy's, molly's, danio's, guppy's and such?
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
 
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It is a rift lake cichlid, and they should be kept on their own, i.e., only rift lake cichlids in the tank. I am not well versed in these fish, it's been years since i had a tank of them, and I can't therefore say how this species may behave. But they are usually rough customers.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
 
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It is a rift lake cichlid, and they should be kept on their own, i.e., only rift lake cichlids in the tank. I am not well versed in these fish, it's been years since i had a tank of them, and I can't therefore say how this species may behave. But they are usually rough customers.


Okay. Well he/she doesnt really come up and eat, my LFS said they couldnt get him to eat, but i waited a bit after i put him into my tank to feed him, and he didnt come up to the top to eat instead picked it up off the bottom, i gave him little pellet food and then flake food, and todays first meal for all my fish tanks is going to be frozen brine shrimp so i will see if he/she likes that
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:24 PM   #8
 
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Try spirulina based food - if she is a mbuna, too much animal based food isn't good.

And no, that fish should not be put in with your others. It needs to be kept with other rift lake cichlids only.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:59 PM   #9
 
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Yep was gonna say the same that amber said, it looks african. Kinda like a mix really, but its probably a vegetarian fish. They can have animal based food once a week but for the most part they prefer foods that have spirulina or algae. I personally use Omega Super Veggie Kelp Flakes for mine and they love that stuff far more than the other.
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