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Thread: Jewel Questions
03-30-2013, 01:54 PM #1
I went to Petsmart and they were helping me choose my Africans beause I normally have Central American Cichlids. I chose 5 Mbuna 2 Red Zebras, A Yellow Lab, An Acei, and an Afra. I wanted a Jewel because one was absolutely beautiful he said it would be better to come back later after the other fish set up their areas in the tank and then I would be ok to let 1 or 2 Jewels in. I said fine waited a few weeks and went back and grabbed up a Male and Female Jewel. The Male is smaller but I wasnt worried about that at all. Anyways I already had a Blood Parrot and he told me it would be fine. Now I have 2 Red Zebras 2 Jewels and the Blood Parrot. 3 fish were eaten by the Female Jewel. My questions are will the Jewels kill the Red Zebras?? I know they arent messing with the Blood Parrot because he is a litttle bigger than them but the Red Zebras are around the same size as the Jewels, should I get 3 more Red Zebras and let them have their own little pack or remove the both of them and just have the Jewels and Blood Parrot. They are all in a 55 Gal.
03-30-2013, 04:20 PM #2
Yep, the jewells are a terror.. Normally you put them in a species only tank. Also, I am worried that your zebras are misstocked. If they are both male you will have conspecific aggression down the road and if you have only 1 female you have potential abuse from the male who will gladly pester her to mate.
03-30-2013, 06:48 PM #3
06-20-2013, 04:32 PM #4
Yupp sounds like jewels.... I added my jewels when they were 2 inches into a tank with two 6" jack dempseys
(paired), four 5" Yellow labs, and three 4" Haps (1m, 2f) and as soon as they both hit 3" they took over the left side of the tank and started to breed like rabbits. They couldn't kill my other fish since they are a lot smaller but they still picked and chased when the Jd's, Labs, or Haps went near their breeding site.
If you get a breeding pair you will understand why I put up with their behavior. They are one beautiful fish