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Old 08-11-2012, 02:42 AM   #1
 
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I have a 20 gallon cichlid. Fish tank and I don't know how often to feed them! I have two convicts, jewel, jack Dempsey, and some yellow striped cichlid. I need help if someone could tell me how often to feed them I have brine shrimp and flakes. Please help. :)
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Old 08-11-2012, 03:13 AM   #2
 
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I have a 20 gallon cichlid. Fish tank and I don't know how often to feed them! I have two convicts, jewel, jack Dempsey, and some yellow striped cichlid. I need help if someone could tell me how often to feed them I have brine shrimp and flakes. Please help. :)
First it sounds like you are over stocked. The fish you have now may be small enough to fit in there but they will all grow quite a bit. The convicts I know from personal experience are very territorial and aggressive toward anything, this includes their own species. Even if your tank is a 20 long (30 inches long by 12 inches tall and wide) you are going to have to remove some of your fish. Find out what the yellow strip is and start by comparing the fish's water requirements with your available water and what you are willing to do to make it perfect. FYI adjusting waterto suit your fish is a learning curve. You and your fish are much better off adjusting your fish to your water.
Now to your actual question I always fed my cichlids once a day. Flakes are too good for cichlids, pellets are better. I would get blood worms as well. Something I did for my convicts was I would catch local fish clean, cook and mince the flesh freeze it and give them chuncks once a week, grocery store variety are safer. Only give the protein foods no more than 3 times a week or they will get used to it and some will go to waste and the fish will get fat
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
 
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I agree, those fish are not suited to your tank size. The tank is headed toward some major problems. I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but it's the truth of the matter.

I also agree that pellets should be fed over flakes. Cichlids are messy eaters and need more substantial food to eat than a flake.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
 
No that's ok I know I will need a bigger tank. I am going to start working soon so I will have money for a tank. What size of tank do you think I would need but right now they are still small.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #5
 
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I would say maybe a 75.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
 
I dont think that will fit in my room could like a 40 gallon tank work.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #7
 
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For te convicts, yes. I don't think a 40 is enough for all of them though.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
 
I don't have anywhere to move the other ones.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:57 PM   #9
 
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I am sorry but the fish you got are very territorial and aggressive and your tank is too small. This site has a very good list of fish profiles that includes their water requirements, behaviors, and pictures so you can figure out what the other one is. Choose the fish you will keep and give the others to a local fish store if you can't find a permanent home for them.
Personally I did not care for how aggressive my convicts got. The male was so aggressive the females never left the corner, even to eat. You will need dither fish as well either way. Danios and barbs are good choices. If you want the splash of color you can get glo fish which are genetically engineered danios. The purpose of dither fish is to bother your cichlids out of their caves or hiding spots by invading "their space" so that you can see them. Dither fish need to be non-poisonous to your fish in case your fish get lucky and catch one. If I remember right some tetras are poisonous to cichlids.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
 
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I've never heard of poisonous tetras - something to look into.... where did you come across this information?

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