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post #11 of 20 Old 02-17-2012, 12:20 PM
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sounds like it is definitely spirulina spots but will confirm with the pictures. They should be really feed only one block, twice a week if the flake food or pellets already has spirulina in.

If you can get 4 more acei, they will all get along and the grouping would be a nice contrast to the yellow labs, you can also add one more species if you wanted as well (will offer suggestions if you wanted to do that)

55g is a nice tank to have for mbuna.

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post #12 of 20 Old 02-17-2012, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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This whole fish story Tazman started with a crammed 20 gal.. then i move the fish to a 29 and finally i went and bought at the urging of these members here to get a 55 gal.. so i kept the orignial 4 yellow labs. and had 3 acei.. but was told the tank was to small so i took 2 of them back to the pet store.. intesad of buying the proper size tank in the first place :( lol,, its ok though,, these fish were a gift to me due to my friend left town and could not take his fish with him.. so now,,, i need a few more acei,, which is good due to i love his color... as for foood.. the super veggy flakes they eat show some spruilna and i stopped feeding them the pellots.. and added the cubes,, but i admitt i have givn them one or two cubes every day!!! so i will stop that! lol

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post #13 of 20 Old 02-17-2012, 03:45 PM
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12 fish plus a couple of Bristlenose Plecos in a 55g is good stocking - assuming you dont have any of the really aggressive ones or big ones...which you dont

Flakes food is all really you need, plus the odd treat of spirulina cubes, throw a piece of lettuce, carrots, peas (cooked) in and they will love you forever.

New Life Spectrum cichlid flakes is about the best you can get for them...I feed both my tanks that plus treats.

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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wow i get to buy more!!! whoopiee!!!! .. i would like to find me some females for my labs, i think i have3 of the 4 male by there behvior..

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If the store knows how to vent them are they are old enough to vent...then bonus.
If they dont or dont have them separated then there is no easy way to tell females...females tend to be slightly smaller than males, males will have more black on their anal and pelvic fins.

If they have them look for Iodotropheus sprengerae (Rusties) or Cynotilapia afra (any species). If on the off chance they happen to have Cynotilapia afra (jalo reef)..definitely without hesitation get them and about 1 male to 4 female or 8 juvenile...
They are extremely beautiful fish and will sell fast.

Rusties, I would look at 1 male to 2-3 females.

Bristlenose plecos or syndontis are great companions and good bottom cleaners.

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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You can also sex almost all African Cichlids. By the egg spots on there anal fin a Male will usualy have 2, 3, 4 up to six. A Female will have 1 or 2 An most times not have any. Also the males are usualy bigger an more colorful.

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well thanks guys!! i will def look for those that you mention tazman and with the bottom cleaners.. do they also take care of brown algea? i have brown algae on my fake plants? or is that just a scrubbing issue i must take care of my self?

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Sexing them by the egg spots is NOT reliable at all. There are some species the male and female have the same number or none at all. Color is not a good way either, many are monomorphic which means males and females look the same.

Yes, they will eat some of the algae but the BN pleco would almost certainly do it...at least mine do.

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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I have never had a problem sexing my africans. As I do breed them. An thats the only way I have done it. I do not Have Haps, peacocks, lake tangi. ect. But with the Mbunas i use size, color an egg spots on the anal fin. Yes some are the same color for male/females. Thats when the size an egg spots come in.

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post #20 of 20 Old 02-18-2012, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry i did get on last night after work. upon getting home i looked at the acei and there is nothing there any more.. he looks lke he always did,, what a weird thing.. at least now i know to not feed them as often as i have the new treat kind of food, and today i will go look for more babys to put in my ever growing tank.. love the afra sugestion.. they are beautifull!

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