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#1 elsonjon

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:00 AM

I have had a 20 gal. fish tank for a few months now. I had 3 yellow labs and 3 kenyi. i recently added a few fish, but i dont know their names 2 of them are whiteish-pink with an orange tint on their fins and red eyes. The other is dull yellow with black stripes and bars (i think its fish store name started with a "Ch"). Anyway, will these new fish get along with my Kenyi and yellow labs. All the fish are between 1 and 2 inches and when they get bigger i will be getting a bigger tank. Also, can you tell me a little about the new white colored cichlids. These were all birthday presents so i was wondering what i'm getting myself into.

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 04:02 AM

Theres such a wide selection of Cichlids (especially when you take into account all the hybrids out there) that it would be really hard to say if your new fish are compatable with your old ones without more information. Generally, with Mbuna you want to stick with more Mbuna since they don't mix well with most other fish for a variety of reasons.

But, as you probably already know, your tank is very undersized. Your fish will be maturing anyday now and thats when the real aggression will start. Mbuna are deceivingly peaceful when young but soon they will start to stake out their territories and breed and a 20g doesn't have enough room for 3 Mbuna much less 6+.

The name that started with a Ch...might it have been Cichlasoma or Chalinochromis? Those are the only two I can think of offhand that are Cichlids.

For the white fish, its hard to give any information. There are many naturally white Cichlids but yours sounds like an albino. There are several albino Cichlids commonly available, do you have a picture or any other information about it?

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 12:24 PM

The yellow fish with black stipes and bars might be a melanichromis auratus. If this is the case get rid of it immediatly. it will destroy all of your other fish. this is only my personal experiance. so you can do what you want.
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Posted 27 May 2005 - 08:42 AM

I dunno i have an auratus, kenyi, two yellow labs, zebra, and the dempsey keeps em all in check, but the auratus is a very aggressive fish and so is the zebra. I s your white fish a white socolofi or a albino zebra, check those species profiles out and match them up.

#5 elsonjon

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 06:49 PM

I searched for the 2 fish u told me to, and i came across a picture of a Albino Kribensis. The mainbody looks the same however, my fish' fins are orange and the one in the picture had blue fins. Also, the yellow cichlid with the black bars and stripe got picked on and died, as did the pleco. That is the second pleco my kenyi, yellow labs, and whatever the white ones have killed.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:59 PM

Also i had a problem with my fish pickin on the plecos'. I had three and two died, but the third was really aggressive, thats why i think it's still alive. A 20 gal. tank is quite small for all those species, i mean the kenyi alone are very aggressive while the labs are mild. Not sure what the others are but if they are from malawi you can count on the same attitude.

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Posted 27 May 2005 - 11:59 PM

Also i had a problem with my fish pickin on the plecos'. I had three and two died, but the third was really aggressive, thats why i think it's still alive. A 20 gal. tank is quite small for all those species, i mean the kenyi alone are very aggressive while the labs are mild. Not sure what the others are but if they are from malawi you can count on the same attitude.

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Posted 09 July 2005 - 07:27 AM

if you want your plecos to stop dying get a bigger tank with more hiding spaces or get bristlenose plecos...cichlids seem to leave them alone.

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