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Ive got 10 cichlids for almost a year now. However they are still small, about 1 and a half inches. Why are they not growing? They were about an inch long when I got them.
Are there some foods that I am not giving them? I feed them flaked fish food.
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What size tank are they in? This may sound crazy but fish grow bigger, generally speaking, in larger tanks.
 

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So from lake Malawi on the Mozambique area? Is possible you have small cichlids . But there are more then 1200 species of cichlids in lake Malawi alone.
Can you give me a detailed description ? Face shape , mouth ,colors / patterns ?
Better yet...Can you add a picture of them?


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Yellow labs and the white with stripes ones are Metriaclima lombardoi (Kenyi) females most likely. However I think I see a hap in the first pic which would require different food.
What food have you been feeding them specifically ? The Kenyi and labs are herbivores and require specialized foods for African cichlids and some veggies . Also what size is the tank ? And what is your KH and GH in that tank ?

They should be larger at this point .. Yes ... However they don't get really big . They are small - medium fish .


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I do have 2 more of a different types but i didnt manage to get them in the pic, lol they were swimming like crazy. Il try to post another pic with them included, soon. As for food, I just feed them standard tropical fish flakes and occasionally some chopped cooked meat and sometimes crust of bread, and thats it. They devour plants but I havent added any in a long time.
The tank is a standard 1 metre long size, I dont know if you get it, but Id have to measure how much water goes in there and will let you know exactly.

Oh, and theyve been here almost for a year with no problem so I didnt bother to find out the water quality:-?

Thanks to jim and sskylight for your help and interest. Most appreciated.:)
 

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You'll need to get a better food source for them . Mbuna do well on New life spectrum Cichlid formula supplemented with zucchini , carrots , even fresh seaweed. Anything to meaty can cause issues for them .. However the possible haps you have in there can do ok on meatier foods but I still would not feed those cooked meat .. Or the flakes . African cichlids really benefit from specialized foods as do most fish benefit from higher quality food.

Mbuna do not have to digestive system to handle the same food carnivore fish eat .

However if those other fish you have .. At least one looks to be a hap .. Which would be a carnivore . Either way I'd still say you're safer staple food is NLS cichlid formula .


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I wouldn't put 20 of them in that tank . Do you know how many gallons or at least the width is ? 10 you're safely overstocked 20 would need a larger tank . And I can't say how big all your fish will get because I'm insure what others are in there... Haps can easily be larger then mbuna . I think the mbunas you have shown will range 3-5inches when full grown .. But they are fast active fish and like swimming space along with sand substrate and rock caves and structures to claim .


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