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Ingrid - 2014-10-21
I have a red zebra, super aggresive, killed 3 of my larger cichlids already, tore the skin of another mature convict, I put the zebra in its own tank , now what do I do? Add other zebra cichlids or leave it by itself?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-21
    They are a Mbuna, and these types of African Cichlids can be aggressive. Check your aquarium size and setup, a larger tanks with lots of rockwork for territories can help. An alternative is to overstock so there is constant confusion claiming territories and nobody gets the upper hand, but that can be stressful for the fish and it requires serious maintenance due to the load. I don't recommend it for long term maintenance. I prefer to set up a tank where everybody has plenty of room and tons of places to hide. Keep in mind that once cichlids 'own' their tank, they will be hard on newcomers.
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Wilson - 2014-03-12
Okay well I have a 100 gal fish tank with a 7-8 in tiger Oscar and a breeding pair of jaguar cichlids, a gar and a convict and a red tail catfish. The Oscar ran the tank until about a few days ago I started to see that the Oscar was acting different. He didn't swim much anymore which he was very active before. The male jaguar and he will flare out at each other, never fight but now the Oscar is just acting terrified. Should I get rid of the female jaguar to calm Jim down? Or what should I do? Also my baby Jack Dempsey which was active at all times stop being active? What's going on? :/

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm, maybe your tankmates are just starting to become more aggressive and territorial. As they get older and/or ready to mate they sometimes will become more aggressive. It might be a good idea to remove the one jaguar cichlid and see how the other fish react. Maybe that will change the dynamics of the tank in a positive way. Are there plenty of hiding places as well? I would make sure there are lots of plants and other distractions where the fish can go.
  • Bryan - 2014-04-11
    Your tank is WAY overstocked. An Oscar, gar, and red tail catfish are going to get HUGE.
  • Rick McCloy - 2014-10-19
    I suspect that your problem comes down to your mannies now breeding, which greatly increases both their territoriality, and level of aggression. This will happen later with your J.D.s as well, if they form a pair. You will have to address it by keeping any breeding pairs in separate tanks of adequate size; your jaguars will need alot more space than will a pair of JDs. Although much smaller than I would like, I suggest that you keep the mannie pair in their current tank, and keep the oscar, and only one JD in a tank of about 135g. You can add one of the smaller plecs to this, or 2-3 striped raphael cats, which are basically indestructible, and remain at a manageable size.----rick
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Kent Robinson - 2014-10-17
If, the elec.Blue Jack Dempseys are too delecate to live w/my Oscars--I'd like to know where to buy regular JD?

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  • David Brough - 2014-10-19
    Jacl Dempseys are very commonly found at pet stores.
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Kent Robinson - 2014-10-17
I live in Indiana (Indianapolis area). I've got a 125 gal. tank. I have 2 med. sized Oscars. I am interested in the elec. Blue Jack Dempseys. I'd like to buy one or 2 large ones. Does anybody know where I can buy large ones either in a pet store or online? Thanks!

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Jay - 2014-10-08
Hi, I have a 35 gallon tank and planning to have an angelfish, 1 gbr, 1 apistos and 1 bolivian ram. Is it possible?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    That should be a great mix, just make sure you have a nice decor that offers plenty of  hiding places; rocks, driftwood, and plants all work well.
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Anonymous - 2014-10-05
I no this is probably a stupid question but if I put a jack Dempsey in with a few mollies would i lose all my mollies?

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  • Vulgarcowboy - 2014-10-05
    yes, it will wipe them out!!!!
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Jeremy - 2014-10-03
I have a pair of these I've had them for a couple of months now I had them in a community tank but they attacked a couple of my little fish so moved them into a tank of their own my females gets her spawning colours but that as far as they go and haven't breed they have plenty of hiding spots for breeding but don't spawn am I dont something wrong

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-08
    Make sure you do in fact have a male/female pair. The males are much larger than the females and also have a pointed pelvic fin, while the females is rounded. Males also have less gold coloring in the dorsal fin, though that is pretty subtle. You need to mimic their natural environment as closely as possible. A sand or very small gravel substrate and lots of hiding places for their very secretive nature. They need a soft to medium  water with a lower the pH of 5.5-6.5. Make sure they have a cave to spawn in; rock cave, clay pot turned on it side, or even a piece of PVC pipe will work.
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Delores Prostek - 2010-02-26
I have three blood Parrotfish for about five years now and notice that one of them is developing small holes in its forehead between the eyes. They do not seem to be infected but one of them is getting quite deep. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do? I'd certainly appreciate it. The residents of this retirement community really enjoy them. Thanks

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-27
    It sounds like you are describing what is called Hole-in-the-head disease or Lateral Line disease. It is usually seen in oscars and other large cichlids. It is not fatal and has been something of a mystery as to the exact cause. Non-optimal water conditions are what is usually cited as the cause. Also a diet that is not varied enough. There are medications which work with varying success rates, but it is usually suggested to improve conditions in order to halt the advance of the disease.
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Mark Smith - 2014-09-30
The species in the photo is actually Eretmodus marksmithi, and not E. cyanostictus.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    I'm afraid I don't concur, as we received this picture in 2006 from Frank Schneidewind, co-author of, Lake Tanganyika Cichlids, How to keep successfully and enjoy these exceptional fish, published in 2002.

    Eretmodus cyanostictus has been known in science and by aquarists for much longer, in fact it was described by Boulenger way back in 1898. Eretmodus marksmithi, on the other hand, is a newly described species originating from the northern part of Lake Tanganyika. Warren Burgess described it in 2012.
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Patti - 2014-09-30
I'm so upset, my red devil is sick and I can't get him to stay from being at a 45 degree angel at the top left corner of the 75 gallon tank. He has white stuff on him and is loosing a big scale on his side now. This is going on for days. I Hv been doing water changes 2times a day and putting metiflex in his tank with stress coat and salt. Do I just wait and pray ? He is 9 years old and I love him. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-02
    I'm so sorry to hear about your Red Devil. Your fish is could be suffering from ich (protozoan), Columnaris (bacterial infection), or fungus. All of these have white spotting. Ich looks more like being sprinkled with salt with Columnaris being cottony like patches. It usually affects the mouth area, but can also be a lesion near the dorsal fin. Fungus attacks are cottony patches that follow a parasitic or bacterial problem. I'm guessing there may be a bacterial problem going on, as scale protrusion is essentially a bacterial infection.

    You need to medicate your fish. Melafix is great in helping with slight problems, but stronger treatments are needed when a disease is prominent. You can check out the Fish disease and treatment page for more info. Even if you determine it is ich, at this point you probably also want to get a medication that will treat both bacteria and fungal infections as well.
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