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Jo Prukop - 2014-08-26
My Texas cichlids have been such a rewarding pet. They are very social and curious. They get very excited and attentive at feeding times and are a lot of fun. Their physical attributes and color is stunning. I have never seen aggression from mine. They are housed in a 79 gal tank with plecs, 2 little catfish, a warmouth, and 3 orange spotted sunfish.

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John Barthel - 2014-08-24
Is this Cichlid a Red devil

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randall - 2014-08-11
I have a 5-6 inch parrot ciclid and convert to a deep orange to a mild yellow once I turn lights on. What's up? There is another parrot ciclid that 4-5 inches that the same color all day. Could they be 'mating'? Of course they pick the gravel all day and disbrute it around the tank. Thanks Randall

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    They could be mating, all that rock cleaning is an indication of that. But many Blood Parrot Cichlids will change color with age as well, this is presumably because of  the Midas or Red Devil Cichlid parentage. Both of these cichlid species are known to change coloration as they mature.
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some fish lover! - 2009-11-28
I have two oscars, two red belly pacus, two jack dempseys, one black banded leporinus, one pufferfish, and one pleco in a ten gallon tank and they are doing fine! The oscars will eat anything that can fit in their mouth. Happy fish keeping!

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  • Dsgsd - 2011-11-11
    I sincerely hope you have something along the lines of a 900 gallon tank for when EVERY SINGLE FISH IN THAT TANK OUTGROWS IT!
  • Trevor - 2014-08-09
    Please tell me that you're joking.
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Andi Harris - 2012-05-01
My rainbows spawned yesterday (30/4/12) and it seems the female is doing all the hard graft whilst tthe male is standing gaurd and casually chasing other fish away from the female and eggs. the female certainly puts the male in his place when his attention drops slightly. I've bred these fish many times over the years and I find them amazing little characters in everey way

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Doc Green - 2014-08-05
I own a what I believe to be a male midas cichlid. I'm 95% sure he is a male. The territory displays,the attacking of everything that enters the water. The long trailing dorsal and analysis fins. Anyway mine is in a 90 gallon currently I just moved him from a 55. Now my confusion lies in were is his hump.his head is thick but it's no wider than his body. There's also no real shape from a side profile either. Is this because there's no female or am I doing something wrong? He eats fine very aggressive fairly active. Has a pond snail named turbo for a buddy. But why has this guaranteed hump not forming?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    Well, hopefully it is a Midas Cichlid. Both male and female specimens can get a slight hump, but it is usually larger in males. The hump begins to form when they are mature, usually this is at about 6 inches (15 cm). I've alsoheard that the hump develops better and faster if they are very comfortable in their environment.
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JRyan - 2014-08-03
So, I just got an eye-biter at a local pet store. interestingly enough the pet store clerk had it in with and labeled as a venustus cichlid. I knew right a way it was something unique. Anyway, now I have it in a tank by itself and am looking to add some fish mates from another tank I have. The fish I want to add are catfish so my question is whether or not the catfish I have, which are of multiple species, will be compatible with my compressiceps. Now the catfish are the same size or bigger so I know that part is alright but if anyone has any useful information for me I would much appreciate it.

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Alayna - 2014-07-31
I have a question, I have 2 jack Dempseys, one male and one female. They have spawned 3 times since I have owned them (5 years) they just had babies 2 weeks ago and I noticed the male is being very aggressive to the female, so much she has an open wound. I went to the pet store to get her medicine but what do I do? He has never done this to her.. I don't want anything to happen as I love them both. They're both very beautiful and I really need advise/help. Thanks

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  • David Brough - 2014-08-02
    If the agression gets much worse I would separate them. Use a slime coat enhancer like Stress Coat or if the wound is severe, use an antibiotic treatment, something for fin rot or open sores.
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darek l - 2006-02-05
i have been raising jack's for 10 years now. they seem to look their best with a black substrate as they adapt their color to the surroundings. i have a pair in a 55 gallon tank that spawns every 2-3 months for the past 4 years. i got jack dampdeys everywhere. my local shop took them in happily at first but 500-800 every 3 months got them sick really fast. the male is an out of the ordinary 10 inch with a 6 inch female. i feed them flakes, pellets, and shrimp. hes got quite a temper but as long as i got a few places that the mate will not fit into that will house the female all is good. i have green terrors, tiger oscars and pacus in my 7 tanks but the "JACK" and "JILL" are the most beautiful fish i own. be careful as they are aggresive and will eat anything that will fit in their month at least half way....

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  • alicia - 2014-02-27
    Question please, I have a jack demsey and an orange one, I think it's a something bloodflower anyways they keep locking lips. Is this a mating or fighting thing? They haven't lost color.
  • Alayna - 2014-07-31
    I have a question, I have 2 jack Dempseys, one male and one female. They have spawned 3 times since I have owned them (5 years) they just had babies 2 weeks ago and I noticed the male is being very aggressive to the female, so much she has an open wound. I went to the pet store to get her medicine but what do I do? He has never done this to her.. I don't want anything to happen as I love them both. They're both very beautiful and I really need advise/help. Thanks
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numra - 2014-07-27
Hi I am from Pakistan. few months back we buyed four jelly bean fishes. Two were orange and two are yellow with tattoo. They are accompanied by some 2 small catfishes, most of the time they went fine, got friendly with us and played. Their were small fights between them but it got OK after some time. however recently the yellow ones dominated the tank, and orange got submissive (previously they dominated). Then the orange parrot fish started becoming silent, hide more often and changed to dark color. yesterday night one of them changed from its color from orange to pale red.....swollen and it died, it was so painful to watch her die. And now the other orange fish has white lips, red spots n black spots. Please guide me in simplest term what to do... I am from Pakistan, no much testing kits are availabl here to check PH and everything. So dont ask me about it. I do 90% water change every week, and my water is very clear.ither fishes are fine. but plz guide me what to do about my jelly bean fish which has white lips and red and black spots.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-31
    Cut back on the amount you do at water changes. 20% weekly is plenty. Your removing to much of the bioload which the fish need. Also jellybeans are often dyed which makes them more susceptible to diseases.
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