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  1. Default New fish acclimation?


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    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!

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    i dont do anythin special really

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    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.
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    Since none of the other fish want him in their territory, you may want to change the decorations around a bit, as well. The will stop this pecking order in a couple days, I think.
    Last edited by hobbs; 02-05-2007 at 03:17 PM.

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    yup hobbs, youre exactly right. Thats also what i do.

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    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!

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    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.
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    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.
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    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!

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