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  1. Default Cichlids -What kind? How many?


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    OK,

    I already started with some Cichlids in my 75g tank and I think I began all wrong.

    I have Malawi Cichlids, but I now hear that I should have added more female than male for each species?

    So far I have 2 P Kennyi, 2 Electric Blue Ahli, 2 Yellow labs and 2 Snow White Socolfi. The P Kennyi are a male and a female and so are the Electric Blues, but the others I have no clue.

    Should I add 2 more of each that I have in hopes of attaining a better male/female ratio, or is what I have OK?
    Also, are 8 of what I have enough for a 75g?

    So, my question is twofold.
    Should I leave it as is because 8 is enough?
    If I can add, should I add more of what I have, or can I add other Mbuna?

    Thanks!
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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    This is the tank you are still cycling correct? If so, I assume you are just looking to the future as to whether you can add more fish, please don't do so right now. Of course, with Dad in ICU all week, I may have missed any postings that you have successfully finished your cycling, so I apologize in advance if that statement wasn't necessary.
    As for whether you should or can add more fish, that is something you may want to decide for yourself. With mbuna, some people overstock to spread the natural aggression around, others understock. And since alot of the time the fish are juvenile when you get them it is hard to purchase the correct ratio of m/f fish. (That is why I was so excited when I found mature dwarfpuffers and was able to determine I was adding 1m and 1f to my existing females tank!). As long as you have good filtration your tank should be able to handle more fish, but give it some time to make sure you don't have any overly aggressive ones. You will also need to create plenty of hiding places with rocks and caves, they spend alot of time zipping in and out and chasing each other. My husband is the mbuna guy around here, I believe he has around 13-15 assorted mbuna in a 75 gal...loads of rock structure, and 3 demasoni fry that have been spawned while in the tank. He also has a bristlenose for the algae who is thriving on the spirulina food that they are fed. His stock does include kennyi, and the yellow labs, along with a bumblebee, acei, demasoni and a few others. We see alot of chasing but nothing drastic. He also changes his decor around frequently to make everyone find new places to "own", so I would suggest that when you are ready to add fish you redecorate first to throw everyone for a loop and then add new fish. This way everyone is equal as far as noone has a special place to be aggressive about. Hope that helps.
    Kimmer

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    The Ahlis are not mbunas. they are Utakas (big openwater fish eaters) so they should not be in with the mbunas. Other than that if you have a ton of rockwork in there you should be able to add more. However I would not add them if you do not know whether they are male or female because you could very well end up with more males and the fighting will be even worse.
    Aquarist since 1995
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  4. Default Thanks Kimmer and Reptile Guy!!!


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    Kimmer,

    My tank DID in fact finish it's cycle.
    I don't know if the stress zyme helped or not, but nitrites are 0,
    ammonia is 0, nitrates are 5, PH is 8.2.
    I am happy.
    Thanks for the re-decorating tip! I guess I can assort my fish.

    Reptileguy....
    The Ahli were listed under Mbuna at the darn store.
    They are doing OK in there. They bother nobody and nobody bothers them.
    Are you telling me they eat other fish? I guess they get crazy as they mature?

    P.S.
    The Ahli seem to school with the others nicely??
    Is is possible that since they were all put in young, they will get along, or is it instinct? The article I read said Ahli shouldn't be in less than 90 gallons!
    Geesh!
    Also, if I over stock the tank, the fish will not grown to normal size, correct?

    The aggression I have in the tank are the 2 P Kennyi chasing each other and that's it.

    I have lots of caves and rocks. They do zip in and out, but nobody really has claimed a spot yet.

    Maybe I'll get 2 more yellow labs and 2 more of something else.
    I have no place for the Ahli!!!
    I just read an article about them that says they fear Mbuna, but can hold their own against them. I guess I am in for trouble?
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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    Merry Christmas - Abbeys_Mom Great advice thanks - nraposa Thanks for helping me with my cichlids - Drumachine09 Always good answers - Lady Hobbs You dont have enough gifts. - Drumachine09 
    Thanks for your help again. - Lady Hobbs goodbye reptileguy....hello Fishguy - Lady Hobbs For always giving me great answere's on my PM's. Thanks for all the help! - cocoa_pleco Thanks For Your Help & Knowledge! :) - MeganL3985 For weakening me against axolotls!!!!!!! - Nick_Pavlovski 
    I am baking today and figured I'd share...Thanks for Always Helping when it's needed! - **AquaQueen** For recommending Fluvals and Stealths - Lady Hobbs Merry Christmas :) - MeganL3985 Merry Christmas! - RichBowyer Thanks for the hikari help - Billythefish 
    No Message - LORENZO Merry Christmas - Northernguy merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO Merry X-Mas!! - The Red Severum 

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    The Ahlis ( and other Utakas) are the reason the Mbunas stick so close to the rockwork. As they all get bigger the Ahlis will start to bully everyone else in the tank. That's how it is in the 90 at my work, the Utaka is now running things. The Utaka at my work was in there before he started to outgrow everyone and chase them around. Overstocking does not equal less growth if done right, and that would not be a good thing anyways. Stunting is very unhealthy and the last thing that should be allowed to happen in any sized tank.
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  6. Default I agree


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    Quote Originally Posted by reptileguy2727
    The Ahlis ( and other Utakas) are the reason the Mbunas stick so close to the rockwork. As they all get bigger the Ahlis will start to bully everyone else in the tank. That's how it is in the 90 at my work, the Utaka is now running things. The Utaka at my work was in there before he started to outgrow everyone and chase them around. Overstocking does not equal less growth if done right, and that would not be a good thing anyways. Stunting is very unhealthy and the last thing that should be allowed to happen in any sized tank.
    I did a lot more reading and I agree with you.
    The best thing I can do is get real good hiding spots I guess...
    I have another Cichlid tank, a 30 gallon, and as they matured, things got wild. Basically, you don't see my fish unless they are eating. Not very much fun.

    Also, I wouldn't ever want to even try to stunt the fish growth by over stocking. I have 8, and maybe I will add just a few more in hopes of getting that male female ratio better.
    Thanks!!!
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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    I was reading all week about cichlids as I was thinking of going that way, as well. Repitle guy is right on with everything I've read so far. Open area cichlids are said to not get along well with rock cichlids, they should all come from the same area, more females than males, more in a tank mean less aggression, and adding several at once will not cause as much aggression as territories are not yet established.

    I have given up the idea of cichlids for now and back to wanting rainbows!

  8. Default You are right!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbs
    I was reading all week about cichlids as I was thinking of going that way, as well. Repitle guy is right on with everything I've read so far. Open area cichlids are said to not get along well with rock cichlids, they should all come from the same area, more females than males, more in a tank mean less aggression, and adding several at once will not cause as much aggression as territories are not yet established.

    I have given up the idea of cichlids for now and back to wanting rainbows!
    Yes, you are right about Reptile guy.
    I was reading a lot too, and he knows his Cichlids!

    I went to town today and made things a bit better.
    I bought 2 female yellow labs and 2 female P Kennyi. Really pretty.
    I also added driftwood and the Ahli are already hiding there to keep away from the others..
    They come out and eat and swim a little, but they are hanging out in the driftwood. Poor guys..

    Next trip to town I will see what they have that are like caves. I hear they love caves..

    Thanks for responding Hobbs!!!

    Good luck with the rainbows.
    The Cichlids are fun but a lot of work. You have to replace salt with water changes, etc., but I lovem' !
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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    Thanks for your help again. - Lady Hobbs goodbye reptileguy....hello Fishguy - Lady Hobbs For always giving me great answere's on my PM's. Thanks for all the help! - cocoa_pleco Thanks For Your Help & Knowledge! :) - MeganL3985 For weakening me against axolotls!!!!!!! - Nick_Pavlovski 
    I am baking today and figured I'd share...Thanks for Always Helping when it's needed! - **AquaQueen** For recommending Fluvals and Stealths - Lady Hobbs Merry Christmas :) - MeganL3985 Merry Christmas! - RichBowyer Thanks for the hikari help - Billythefish 
    No Message - LORENZO Merry Christmas - Northernguy merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO merry christmas.. a fellow fishnutter. - LORENZO Merry X-Mas!! - The Red Severum 

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    If you don't really mind the unnatural look (which you shouldn't because technically you wouldn't put driftwood in there) they love clay pots and PVC pipes and T-connectors. They will quickly develop a light covering of algae that will 'naturalize' them. It may sound ugly, but the fish love them, and you shoudl do what's best for them, not just your enjoyment. They are also cheaper than the natural alternative (lots of expensive rock bought from the LFS).
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  10. Default Great Idea!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by reptileguy2727
    If you don't really mind the unnatural look (which you shouldn't because technically you wouldn't put driftwood in there) they love clay pots and PVC pipes and T-connectors. They will quickly develop a light covering of algae that will 'naturalize' them. It may sound ugly, but the fish love them, and you shoudl do what's best for them, not just your enjoyment. They are also cheaper than the natural alternative (lots of expensive rock bought from the LFS).
    Tha's a great idea....Thanks...
    Thanks for the suggestion, and I have all that stuff laying around.

    The driftwood I put in there is not real...It is ceramic and they love it.

    This is getting better every day.
    I look forward to getting up. The tannk light automatically goes on, the fish are waiting to eat...They are awesome....

    It' funny, since the tank is still sort of new, I still do a "head count" every morning to see if they made it through the night.
    The water is perfect so I don't think I will have problems.
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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