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BUMMBLE BEE NOT EATING


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#1 Guest_Brian_*

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Posted 10 February 2005 - 03:19 PM

HEY i HAVE TWO BUMMBLE BEES IN MY 55 GALLON TANK HAVE HAD THEM FOR ABIUT 1 YEAR NOW 0NE TURNED SOLID BLACK AND TGE OTHER STAYED KINDA YELLOW AND SMALLER. jUST RECENTLY THE LARGER SOLID BLACK ONE HAS QUIT EATING AND IS STAYING IN A CAVE I HAVE HAD OTHER CICHLIDS SPAWN BUT THEY ALWAYS SWELL THERE MOUTHS UP. I DONT KNOW THE SCIENTIFIC NAME OF THE BUMMBLE BEE BUT ARE THEY MOUTH BRUEDERS AND HOW DO i SEX THEM DOES IT SOUND LIKE THEY HAVE SPAWNED ANY ADVICE WOULD HELP. tHANKS bRIAN IN DALLAS

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 08:27 AM

Bumble Bee Cichlids' scientific name is Pseudotropheus Crabro, an they are mouthbrooders.

The darker one should be the male; however, both males and females are capable of changing color very rapidly. There's no reason for the male to hide unless he's ill or being picked on.

What are your water parameters? Is there another more aggressive male in the tank with them?

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 12:46 PM

Ya there are some other aggressive males in the tank but he has always been the dominant fish in the tank. I think he has been picked on by some of the others maybe it is time to rearange the tank. I think I have two males and yes they do change colors from time to time. He has started peaking out a little more every day. My water parameters look fine. Any other input would be helpful.

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 10:45 PM

did he dig a cave to try and court the female in there to spawn? some mbuna do that. i don't know for sure about bumblebee's but it could be something to look in to.

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 05:26 PM

Ya he has been digging alot lately but all my mbunas do that. My fish is doing much better back to his usual self.

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Posted 16 February 2005 - 07:35 AM

Sounds like he was exhibiting normal mating behavior. Glad to hear he is acting normally again.




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