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paul83 11-15-2010 04:43 AM

Introducing Yellow Lab to my Non-African Tank
 
Introduced a Electric Yellow 2" to my tank after researching a bit about them, being fairly tame as far as Africans go and quite easy to look after. The 'main players' in my tank are a Jack Dempsey 2.5", 2 Firemouths 2" and a Red Tail Black Shark 2.5". Being an alkaline tank I gave it a shot. Suprisingly the JD doesn't bother with her (I think it's a she). Her only emeny is the RTBS who seems to have an issue with her bright colors or something and chases her. She spends most of her time hiding in my shipwreck. I know they like caves but do they usually spend the majority of their time hiding?

willow 12-27-2010 04:08 PM

hi
no she shouldn't be hiding,if she's in the cave all the time because of the shark then
she'll be stressing.
is she eating ?

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 12-27-2010 04:10 PM

I tryed once to introduce 3 African cichlids to my salvini and JD and were killed over night, all 3. they were Peacock cichlids and were larger than both the salvini and Jd at the time .

paul83 01-19-2011 11:42 PM

I introduced 2 more Labs and things changed immediately for the good. That was until one night the males decided to have a fight. I work up the next morning to find one of them dead. Now with the male and female things seem to once again be rosy.
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willow 01-20-2011 02:11 PM

would say that to help the female out get some more,he'll hound her to mate otherwise..

paul83 02-02-2011 06:10 AM

My 2 Yellow labs have now become the boss' of the tank after the untimely death of my Jack Dempsey. They chase my firemouths and although they are still wary of my RTBS he doesn't really bother them anymore.

willow 02-02-2011 08:22 AM

hay paul,is that storm going to affect you today,looks scary !!

paul83 02-02-2011 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by willow (Post 577170)
hay paul,is that storm going to affect you today,looks scary !!

I'm fine, a long way away. I have friends and family there but I think the worst of it missed them.
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willow 02-03-2011 10:17 AM

cool.glad to hear all ok with you and the folks.
:-D

fan4guppy 02-04-2011 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by paul83 (Post 577157)
My 2 Yellow labs have now become the boss' of the tank after the untimely death of my Jack Dempsey. They chase my firemouths and although they are still wary of my RTBS he doesn't really bother them anymore.

Sorry I was not here earlier. African Cichlids and South American Cichlids really should not be mixed in the same aquarium. They have different signals of agression which each species may see as an opposite sign of agression. Keeping Cichlids can be very difficult in a Cichlid community as each have their own species agression and of course like people they can all have their own individual parameters of that agression.

Jack Dempseys and Firemouths are from South America

For Lake Malawaiin Cichlids I would suggest not having a tank smaller than 55 gallons to keep most of the species. Yellow Labs tend to be actually a more passive species in comparison to others from the lake and most of the species can do quite severe damage if terroritorial agression is not monitored.

Information on Labidochromis Caeruleus

Electric Yellow Cichlid(Labidochromis caeruleus) Care and Information Sheet - Aquarium Fish Keeping


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