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post #1 of 6 Old 04-08-2012, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question yellow lab cichlid in a community tank???

I am relatively new to the hobby, tried saltwater for a few years and failed miserably. I set my sights on starting a 55g African cichlid tank but decided to start with a 24g community tank to get my feet wet handling freshwater.

The tank is a 24g tall running an aqueon 55/75 HOB with chemipure elite. Ph is stable at 7.6. It has been about 3 months since start-up, and i have 4 black neon tetras and 3 red lamp eye tetras at this time. I am starting to collect the equipment i will need to begin the 55g Cichlid tank.

I found out last week that a friend of mine has a fairly sizeable yellow lab Cichlid in a 20g (with who knows what ridiculous water conditions) that he has been neglecting for some time with hopes that it will die so that he can get rid of his tank. He has offered it to me to take of his hands ASAP.

I am wondering if i can move him into my 24 community tank for a couple weeks until my 55g is ready for livestock. The concerns are whether the water conditions are even suitable for a yellow lab for a short time or if it would even survive the change from the water it currently resides.

The other question is if he will make a snack out of my little tetra friends before the 55g is cycled.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-08-2012, 03:20 PM
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he may snack on them,although having said that,i used a couple
of tetras as dither fish,and they are still there.
keep him well fed and you may be ok,but there is a risk !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 6 Old 04-09-2012, 12:02 PM
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hi there just been reading your post there i have yellow cichlids i have just bought a 60ltr tank i set it all up but i bought some water treetment to clear the clorride in my tank i got told to wait 2weeks b4 i put some fish in but i went to pets at home and they said its rubbish 2weeks 3days at the most i am after some more yellow cichlids so if you know enyone who is giveing eny away let me know
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-09-2012, 04:50 PM
You wouldve been told to wait before adding fish to give your tank a chance to cycle. But 2 weeks usually isnt even enough unless you can seed the tank heavily with bacteria. Putting fish through a cycle is stressful and can result in death or at least permanent damage, it is recommended to do a fishless cycle. If u don't cycle your tank before adding fish u will likely lose some of not all during the cycle process. I keep yellow labs myself and in my opinion 60 liters is too small, these guys grow pretty big! And If youre planning on having a colony you will need lots of hiding spots!

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post #5 of 6 Old 04-09-2012, 05:14 PM
Yellow labs are mbuna, and are actually vegetarian for the most part. They may eat small crabs and such that get in the way, or small fry simply to eliminate competition but they wont eat fish generally.

That being said, it may kill your tetra anyhow simply to prove it's dominance or the tetra may become stressed and become diseased.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-09-2012, 09:23 PM
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Likelyhood is the tetra will be stressed and susceptible to illness. At worst it will be killed.

mbuna are too active to be kept with anything really other than other Africans.

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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