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    Default Why are my cichilds growing so slow and will they be stunted?


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    There's a lady with a home business that sold me some cichlids last winter. She kept a few of them in her show tank that I had ordered through her because she liked them and she had ordered extra. Well I haven't been there since but I went back yesterday and those same fish are huge...like twice the size of mine! I thought mine were doing good because they reproduce like crazy but wow something's wrong. The only difference I could see is that she has a 150 gallon and I have a 120 gallon. I have about 25 fish in mine (5 groups of 5) and she has about 15 (1 of every kind). I only do a once a week change so I don't know how often she cleans hers...also I know she keeps her ph high and mine's only at about 6.5-7. My water is really hard too so I'm not sure what cichlids like but I do keep my nitrates under 20. What's going on with my tank? Is it the low ph and lack of water changes? If I fix this now will they grow? Should I get rid of some?

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    Nutrition will also play a role.

    Is there a reason why you're not posting species information? Water that's only ph 6.5 but rock hard is so unusual, it's intriguing.

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    agree with TD. what are you feeding them? how much and how often?
    did you ask the lady you bought them from what she feeds hers?

    FWIW, some fish grow at a different rate. I have 2 severums - a gold and a green. They started out the same size. The green is now almost double the size of the gold. but the gold is a picky eater. he'll only eat frozen blood worms and brine shrimp which I only feed 1 time a week. no flakes or pellets. I used to worry about him but after almost a year he seems perfectly healthy and active and has great color - just particular about his food. The green sev on the other hand eats anything that goes in the tank. He's a pig! :o) fish are like humans. not all come in the same size or grow to the same size.
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    The fish that we have the same are white tail acei, zebra obliquidens , jewels and yellow labs...only our labs are the same size. We both feed the same food...it's flake food that's for all cichlids (I'm not sure if that's ok or not) she does give hers cubes of frozen blood worms twice a week but I was afraid this would give my acei bloat. It's just weird that out of all of mine, none have grown nearly as large as hers. I'm just assuming this is my water quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian_girl View Post
    The fish that we have the same are white tail acei, zebra obliquidens , jewels and yellow labs...only our labs are the same size. We both feed the same food...it's flake food that's for all cichlids (I'm not sure if that's ok or not) she does give hers cubes of frozen blood worms twice a week but I was afraid this would give my acei bloat. It's just weird that out of all of mine, none have grown nearly as large as hers. I'm just assuming this is my water quality.
    It could be a number of factors but I'm inclined to that the fact she feeds blood worms and you don't is a big contributor.
    Weekly water changes should be fine as long as they are large enough. 50 - 75% in a well stocked tank would be beneficial.
    I don't think you want to get rid of any fish as more fish = less aggression toward any one fish.
    someone else may be able to comment on your hard water and ph issues but rather than start attempting to adjust (it's difficult to adjust and maintain a stable PH and stable PH is key) I'd try weekly or twice weekly frozen blood worm feedings and see if you notice any difference.
    again - someone else is sure to comment on the ph and hardness.
    good luck!
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    Just a thought I'm throwing out there - what temperatures do you each keep your tank at? Cooler temperatures slow down fish metabolisms, perhaps a couple degrees difference may contribute to slower growth?
    I also agree that food is likely a contributing factor. Bloodworms would round out the nutrition that may be lacking in flake - I'm not a fan of flake food when it comes to bigger fish, seems to me they need more substantial food like pellet or fresh/frozen.
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    ok I'll try raising my temp to hers (80) I'm at 78...and I'll try the bloodworms. Thanks guys!

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    One other factor that has not been mentioned yet is breeding. When fish start breeding, much of their energy is used on that and growth rate slows as a result. That is another probability, unless hers are breeding too.

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