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MRQuad 10-14-2008 12:53 PM

my cichlids keep hiding, what should i do?
 
after the issue about my water.. i think the water is pretty much ok now.. thanks to the people here that helped me alot.. thanks again..

and now, my issue is.. my cichlids keep hiding, they don't show up.. is it maybe too much rock for them to hide? and in my 100G tank, i think there are about 35-40 cichlids, mbuna.. should i put different fish that will not hide, and the one that keep swims around? just like a barb? for them to be encourage to swim out all the time? i am not sure if bard will be compatible with them, cause some cichlids are aggressive..

anyways, they just show up when i feed them.. but when i get nearer, they just swim and hide.. they are shy.. all of them.. sorry for all this troubles, but i just need help..

thanks for reading..

P.S.
Please don't flame me for my english..

iamntbatman 10-14-2008 01:32 PM

How long has the tank been set up? How big are the fish? If it's still a new tank and the fish are young, you can expect them to be more shy. There really aren't very many fish that make good tankmates for your mbuna due to the high pH and hard water you keep them in. Barbs like soft, acidic water so they would be a poor choice. Many mbuna are also very aggressive so choosing tankmates can be difficult. There are several species of synodontis catfish that you could try, but they probably wouldn't make your mbuna come out of hiding more.

Do you have a picture of the tank? I'd love to see it!

MRQuad 10-16-2008 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by iamntbatman (Post 147608)
How long has the tank been set up? How big are the fish? If it's still a new tank and the fish are young, you can expect them to be more shy. There really aren't very many fish that make good tankmates for your mbuna due to the high pH and hard water you keep them in. Barbs like soft, acidic water so they would be a poor choice. Many mbuna are also very aggressive so choosing tankmates can be difficult. There are several species of synodontis catfish that you could try, but they probably wouldn't make your mbuna come out of hiding more.

Do you have a picture of the tank? I'd love to see it!

How long has the tank been set up?
- the tank setup for almost 3mos. now..

How big are the fish?
- the maximum size that i have in the tank is 3" (i think) and the minimum size that i have is 2".

i dont know how to attach picture, now that i just found my camera, how do i attach pic? thanks..

MRQuad 10-16-2008 11:38 AM

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sorry for the double post.. i just figure it out on how to post pictures.. and here it is:

the first three pictures is when they are not hungry..

MRQuad 10-16-2008 11:42 AM

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and the second pictures is when i feed them.. i can't even stare at them when i feed them, cause they will not come out.. i took this picture too far.. so that they will not see me.. can you compare the difference? i can't appreciate their colors if they will not show up.. what should i do with this guys?

MRQuad 10-16-2008 11:44 AM

and also guys, i want you to comment about my setup.. and tell me what you think about my tank.. is there lacking? thanks again..

iamntbatman 10-16-2008 11:52 AM

Whoa...is that cow skull real? That's pretty neat looking.

I think the tank would look better if the rock piles were more irregular looking. The way you have them stacked now is very...organized. If they were piled more at random it would look more natural. Also, since your substrate is kind of an orange color, I don't think the blue background works very well. I think a black background would look a lot better.

Chrisseh 10-16-2008 01:16 PM

I think you need plants. I know they have a habit of tearing the plants out, but a couple floating plants might help. I have had luck getting Ahlis to come out of hiding with floating plants. I kind of like the bricks. It's a different look.

xDoctor Bob 10-19-2008 01:23 PM

I believe it's because you Cichlids have all of that room to explore in and all of the hiding spots. It's like an apartment, people generally stay in their section, never leaving it.

silvershark12 10-27-2009 07:22 AM

had a piece of driftwood more natural and encourages them to come out hiding and not many rocks


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