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02-03-2007, 06:01 PM #1
New fish acclimation?
I'm wondering if anyone who's got Malawi's does anything special when acclimating a new fish to the tank? I just picked up a new Salousi today, it was in a tank with about 20 other young Salousi's and was the most aggressive and largest(hoping for a male!) and I really just couldn't resist. Since I put it in the tank this afternoon it has become the absolute bottom of the pecking order. I had the tank light off for about an hour and 1/2 to keep everyone calm but within 2 seconds of turning it back on it was being chased and taunted by EVERYONE! I fed live food tonight and it ate fairly well, not as well as everyone else though. Just wondering if there's anything anybody else does when introducing a new fish in a fairly aggressive tank like this? Thanks!
02-03-2007, 06:33 PM #2
i dont do anythin special really
02-03-2007, 08:54 PM #3
Unless you can't help it, never introduce only one fish. Groups of 4 are ideal but anything more that one will help. When I introduce new fish I will feed (something good and a lot of it) on one side of the tank and let the fish out on the other. This seems to help some.Some innocents 'scape not the thunderbolt
02-03-2007, 09:34 PM #4
02-04-2007, 03:45 AM #5
yup hobbs, youre exactly right. Thats also what i do.
02-04-2007, 12:34 PM #6
I've never heard of the feeding idea, I like that a lot. Adding 4 or more fish wasn't really an option as I'm pretty much maxed out now in my 42G. Moving everything around in the tank just seems like a HUGE hassle and it crossed my mind, but I'm gonna let it play out, if any problems persist I may do that. Thanks for the responses folks!
02-04-2007, 01:42 PM #7
What all is in the tank ( I need species names, or at least common names for all of them, so I know exactly what we are talking about)? Feeding live is a good way to increase aggression, although a short term distraction it can make things worse.Aquarist since 1995
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02-04-2007, 05:20 PM #8
Good responses from all here!
From my experience adding a single cichlid to an established tank, the issue is territory as Hobbs said I believe?.
All the others have "their spot", so to speak.
Mess around with the decorations a bit and nobody will have a territory any longer. This will help that fish establish a place of his own.
Try that feeding suggestion from F1oored...sounds good! I am going to try that myself.
Also, as reptileguy asked, what other fish are in there?
You could have a species that is very dominant like an Electric Blue Ahli or Auratus. With those fish in a tank, any new additions would probably like to hide more than be aggressive, although I have seen stranger things.
Temperature is another factor.
Warmer water will increase aggression. I keep mine at 81,82.30 gallon salt water tank
2 power heads
2 clowns and 3 hermits
02-05-2007, 07:40 AM #9
I've got Salousi, Yellow Lab and Lombardoi's in the tank. Temperature is just about the same as you've got it Cichlid Man, vary's between 80-82. The fish has definately found it's place in the tank and is doing much better. Thanks for all the help, those were all great suggestions that I will definately try next time I add any fish in that tank!