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  1. Default Brichardi beh. Need advice ASAP

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    I purchased some Brichardi fry about 6 months ago. I only got 3 of them as I was just not sure whether I would keep them alive and since they are new to me. They are in a 30 gallon aquarium. My biggest concern is that two of them seem to have grown... to around 2" (which is my second concern) and the other one has not grown as much. The other one is also darker colored and appears stressed, I think (dark eyes and stays in the corner most of the time). Today I did some more research and discovered that while my tank is staying about 72*, they actually need 78*-84* I remedied this (but only today) by switching out the heater that I had in there with another that I have more control over. Today they are 'out' more. The two that look healthy have been staying in caves quite a bit. Usually the one is in one cave and the other is in one right beside it but sometimes I see them both go into the same cave. Since I've turned the temp up and they're coming out more, I'm definitely seeing some aggression between them and the small one. I was under the impression that maybe the smaller one was male or female and the other 2 were the opposite but now I am wondering if the 2 healthy ones are a pair and they're picking on the 'third wheel'. What do you think? Should I relocate the guy and see if he does better alone or in a community tank?

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    Neolamprologus brichardi aka the dafodil cichlid thrives in communities. They need a good 10 fish in a 30gal and you can keep them fine in there. They want to create caves and territories and if you have a pair then awesome for you but they breed pretty openly. I have seen 50+ in a 55gal tank previous but remember that they are also africans and they need a large group to quell aggression.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    He's alive...!!!
    Last edited by steeler58; 02-24-2014 at 08:26 PM.
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    Thanks for the reply. So, you think I should leave them together? Also, do you think I should get more brichardi from the pet store (they will likely be larger than mine) and add them to the tank or would the aggression raise too much? They're not the one with the yellow on them.... can't remember the name but they are really plain looking. If I got some with the yellow, could I add them to the tank?

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    p.s. I also can't find anything saying how fast they grow. Seems that it's been really slow but perhaps due to the low temperature.

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    I would get a total of 10 to start. They grow mature at about 16 months.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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