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post #1 of 21 Old 11-04-2008, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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New african cichlids in my tank!

i have never posted pics of my tank or fish but i thought id break you guys in with these. i have 10 african cichlids. im not sure of what kinds they all are but maybe you guys could give me some help with that. i do think i have some from the different lakes but most are probably malawi. not sure if i have pics of all but here are some. for the most part they are aggressive but are getting along ok so far. there is some chasing and nipping but thats about it. i started the tank about 3 months ago and so far things are great!







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post #2 of 21 Old 11-04-2008, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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i know that i have 2 albino haps in there that are not pictured. i have an electric blue. i have a peacock but im not sure what kind...hes the brown one. the one that really has me confused is the one with the thick dark black stripes. he was very aggressive until i put in bigger fish. he still tries sometimes though.lol!


i will try to link a vid to give you a better look.
YouTube - my african cichlid tank
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post #3 of 21 Old 11-05-2008, 04:27 AM
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wow thanks for sharing.

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 #4 of 21 Old 11-08-2008, 10:43 PM
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What size tank do you have? Stunning photos by the way. I envy all of you that have a camera. :P
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-10-2008, 09:48 PM
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Their colours are magnificent!
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post #6 of 21 Old 11-10-2008, 10:58 PM
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NICE fish, great color. What size is your tank??

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post #7 of 21 Old 11-10-2008, 11:01 PM
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Just watched the vid. How did you do that erupting volcano??

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post #8 of 21 Old 11-13-2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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the tank is a 55 gal. i do have some fighting in there between the fish. they nip at each other and take parts of fins and rip fins. i dont know if a bigger tank would solve the issue but im sure it would help. later down the line i will try that.

thank you all for your compliments.

the volcano is made like that. its not erupting but it looks that way. it was the coolest thing when i saw it. its a bubbler with a red light in there.
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-13-2008, 06:51 PM
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So is it going to be a big secret where you got the Volcano or who makes it?
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-13-2008, 06:56 PM
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I'm certainly no cichlid expert but ten at full grown size in a 55 gal might be pushing it and explain some of the squabbling. A few nips here and there is not a big deal but I'd be concerned about ripped & torn fins.

Maybe more hiding places (creating more territories)would help?

So, where did you get the volcano???

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