Skittish and scared cichlids
Im quite new here and to fish keeping. So please be nice!
I finally set up my cichlid tank after a completed cycle. Its a relatively small tank (25g) and i only have small 1-2 inch lake malawi cichlids in there. My parameters are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and about 5-10ppm nitrate. I treat the water with prime and have limestone rocks to buffer the water to pH 8.
The fish have been in there about 3 days and are extremely terrified of me walking up to the tank. Even when feeding they will not venture out to eat until i leave. Im feeding sera granured and they eat then spit eat then spit. When im not around they are extremely active and seem happy chasing each other around. As soon as i show up they all huddle together and hide ASAP.
I an currently putting in no salt and turn my lights on in the evening till bed time. Do these guys just need more time? or is there a problem. They can from a breeder tank with hundreds of other fish and no ornaments. I have 3 yellow labs, 2 manganos, one electric blue, one dolphin and one hongi.
They have lots of limestone and slate rocks to hide in and black substrate.
I understand that these fish are small at the moment, but some quick research indicates that the fish you list, can grow from four to eight inches and are semi- aggressive to aggressive.
While this is not a problem now,,as the fish mature, and become more territorial,, they will need a larger tank (4foot) to allow fishes to avoid territories set up by other fish(Is what they do), that your present tank does not afford.
Foods for these fishes should be foods suited for omnivore's with primarily vegetable matter and or algae,
I personally think New life Spectrum is excellent food for African cichlids.
Not familiar with food you mention, but can say that foods rich in animal protein's, or meaty foods should be offered sparingly lest the fish become bloated,for they do not digest these foods too well.
Hope some of this helps.
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