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post #1 of 13 Old 11-12-2009, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Weird Behavior, need advice (concerning me)

My cichlids have started acting funny, the video says it all. Just wondering what they're doing, they dont seem to be biting, their fins are perfectly fine. This just started happening recently, I just noticed it today. I'd appreciate any advice I can get. I don't wanna see a fish get hurt, and I really dont want to euthanize another one because they're aggressive (if thats the case)

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-12-2009, 11:26 PM
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haha dont they look funny spinning around in circles. Its a dominance thing they are determining who is top fish. They both look like males do you have any female electric yellows (yellow labs) in the tank or just those two?

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-12-2009, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Just those two (for the yellows) I also have an albino cichlid and an orange one. But that's it for Cichlids. Do I need to worry about anything else? They won't hurt each other will they?
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 12:05 AM
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They should be alright as long as they have areas to "hide" or get away from each other then it should be okay however if you start to notice it getting worse re arrange the areas in the tank as they should then establish new territories and hopefully away from each other.

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 12:11 AM
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LOL. That video made me dizzy.

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 01:43 AM
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INdeed they do look like both males But the females says it all the Albino is holding eggs and waiting to see who the daddy is going to be Her belly looks huge. That is a peking order for The males to go thro to see who is going to Get to be daddy. Yes it could get out of hand but your tank is big enough to not worrie in my eyes. Nice video by the way.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 04:27 AM
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Perhaps placing some more rock formations, or adding some clay flowerpots , would give the fish more places to rest or hide near if things get to the point where damage is being done. Don't know how Labidochromis are if indeed fry appear with respect to gaurding eggs or young. Do know that eggs and fry produce scent that catfish are keenly aware of. They sometimes are slow to learn that many cichlids don't appreciate their presence near the nest. Providing some additional places fro fish to escape to for their own protection,, could help.IMHO

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post #8 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 12:15 PM
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Welcome to the forum, figuare9. I wanted to add that I like your tank, even tho it made me dizzy too!
I really like your pictus cats.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 01:22 PM
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how are you cat fish doing with those cichlids?

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-13-2009, 06:17 PM
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HAHA that was so funny. I saw one doing this at one of the LFS, it was alone tho !
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