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08-09-2014, 05:10 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Aggressive Chocolate Cichlid
I have read in many places that chocolate cichlids are quite peaceful. I introduced a chocolate and an electric blue dempsy (both juveniles) in an aquarium that houses an Oscar. I originally had the Oscar but upgraded the aquarium and introduced them all at the same time, as I was told that was the best thing to do. (I originally wanted to get another Oscar, but the store recommended against doing such.) Both fish get along with the Oscar, but the chocolate cichlid is quite aggressive towards the dempsy. It has established a territory and hides nearly all the time, except for when it decides it wants to attack the dempsy. Has anyone else had trouble with chocolate cichlids being nasty?
08-09-2014, 02:07 PM #2
I don't know much about cichlids, but I do know that you can never tell with them. How big is the tank and how big are the fish?Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
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08-09-2014, 03:13 PM #3
+1 to the above
It can be very hard to accurately predict how a cichlid will behave. You can do things to limit the aggression, like having them in a large enough tank with enough defined areas for the fish to claim territories as well as providing hiding spots (with your hard-scape)for them to go to.If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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08-12-2014, 07:57 PM #4
Yes, I had an aggressive chocolate who would bully cichlids smaller than it. How big is this tank?