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01-13-2007, 11:01 PM #1
Electric Yellow Cichlids
Ive finally bit the bullet and got my 10 gallon running again and moved my 29's population to it. Now i amd overhauling my 29. I have a natural gravel, and i am still siliconing a slate stack for cover. I am looking to get 2 electric yellow cichlids or something of that nature. Do i not have enough room? And what would be easy to find natural tankmates?
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01-13-2007, 11:44 PM #2
You have enough room for a few, if you do it right. That means one male and two to three females, tons of filtration, and large frequent water changes.
01-13-2007, 11:45 PM #3
I was only going to get 2. What are possible natural tankmates?Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
01-14-2007, 12:36 AM #4
Two could be a problem if ti is one male and only one female. Synodontis spp. are found in the same lake, but I'm not sure which species exactly. Other than that it is really just other mbuna cichlids. Any particular reason why no more than two?
01-14-2007, 12:39 AM #5
I just figured that they get up to 5 inches, and i didnt want to over do it. Should i get 1 mall and 2 or 3 females if thats not overdoing a well filtered 29?Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
01-14-2007, 01:14 AM #6
I would, it will let them breed if you do it right. They like a lot of current, so you don't have to worry about too much flow. I would go with a Fluval 405. Do you have any filtration yet?
01-14-2007, 03:02 AM #7
I have a 25 gallon filter and a 45 gallon filter, and i will use them both. Would that be adequete?Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.
01-14-2007, 10:38 AM #8
I think on a 29 gallon you should be ok with that filtration. A 405 would be better but If you are only going to have 3 or 4 fish you should be fine with what you have.
As far as tank mates, really any mbuna should do ok with the yellow labs. Certain species are more agressive than others but you can do a little research and find a good fit. Though all will likely be about 4-5 inches so you get back to the overstocking thing that you were looking to avoid. I think an all yellow lab tank would be very cool. If they breed you can sell the fry, they are usually in pretty high demand. Good luck, electric yellows are great little fish. You are going to love them.Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt
01-14-2007, 12:03 PM #9
I had a 29 gallon cichlid setup, and if you are not going to breed, then with yellow labs, you really don't need more females than males.
They are very peaceful fish and won't bother each other.
Have hiding spaces, and you could easily put 6 cichlids in there.
Yellow labs will get maybe 4 inches.
I had 2 yellow labs, 2 P Kennyi, and 2 bumblebee cichlids. They are all alive and well now. I added them to my 75 gallon and made the 29 into a tropical tank
I changed out about 50% water weekly, but I did it in two steps.
25% Thursday and 25% Saturday, but that 's because my well water is low in PH.
Everybody here gave you excellent advice, and large water changes are fine if you are careful.
More females than males is always better, but all I am saying is that you CAN have 2 of each cichlid I mentioned here with success.
My filter was an aqua clear rated at 70 gallons.
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01-14-2007, 01:16 PM #10
Alright, cool! Now what about tank mates? Im looking for something that the yellow labs would be around naturally. Hopefully some peacful bottom feeder or small fish.Money can't buy happiness, but it sure can pay the rent.