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CallieDee 09-29-2012 01:07 PM

Shy Cichlids...??
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I'm sure there is a thread already for something like this...but everyone's situation is different so here's mine:

I have a 55 gallon with 2 (most likely male) Jack Dempseys, 1 Blood Parrot and 1 Hi-Fin Spotted Plecostomus. I have a sand substrate, and lots of hiding spots/territories. They have been in the tank since May/June and are growing rapidly. I'm just disappointed because they spook way easily and are always hiding.

At one point I tried adding rosy barbs as dither fish but they all died. I was thinking of trying again with Zebra Danios, because the JDs are both pretty young still and I don't think they'll be able to fit them in their mouths.

Any suggestions? I have soft water, around 25GH and my pH is around 8, temp kept between 78 & 80 degrees F.

Here is a picture of my set up:

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nicolaas 09-29-2012 01:22 PM

Very nice tank.

Try giant danios as dither fish.

AS you said they are still young and they will get more tame after a wail.

My Silver Dollars hid for about two months and now they will jump out of the tank wen they are hungry.

3ndler3nvy 09-29-2012 05:13 PM

Young Cichlids are very often shy. My Blood parrots were very, very shy for a good couple of months. Now they are out and about all the time!

Tazman 09-30-2012 07:30 AM

what size are we talking about for the JD's?

CallieDee 09-30-2012 09:22 PM


Originally Posted by Tazman (Post 1260878)
what size are we talking about for the JD's?

I have one about 3 1/2 inches and the other is probably 4"? I don't really know, I'm horrible with visual estimation! haha

Tazman 09-30-2012 10:25 PM

They are still quite small and as such, will be a bit timid.

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