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FishHERO27 08-11-2012 02:42 AM

Need help
 
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. :)

Blackfeet 08-11-2012 03:13 AM

Cichlid tank
 
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Originally Posted by FishHERO27 (Post 1194155)
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

jaysee 08-11-2012 07:13 AM

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.

FishHERO27 08-11-2012 11:20 AM

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.

jaysee 08-11-2012 11:56 AM

I would say maybe a 75.

FishHERO27 08-11-2012 11:59 AM

I dont think that will fit in my room could like a 40 gallon tank work.

jaysee 08-11-2012 12:14 PM

For te convicts, yes. I don't think a 40 is enough for all of them though.

FishHERO27 08-11-2012 12:16 PM

I don't have anywhere to move the other ones.

Blackfeet 08-13-2012 05:57 PM

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.

jaysee 08-13-2012 06:07 PM

I've never heard of poisonous tetras - something to look into.... where did you come across this information?


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