Animal Stories - Cichlids


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corey - 2006-09-01
One of the most beautifull fish in the world. I have a pair of Jacks in a 30gal tank. The Male is around 8" the female is around 6". They get along quite well and spawn about every 5 to 6 months. Every once in a while they puff up and stare each other down, but dont really fight other then a headbutt or two here and there. Jacks are very hardy fish and are fairly easy to keep. They eat just about anything they can fit in their mouths(similar habbits of that of a bass) Mine are pretty lazy. They just sit in their caves most of the time. Their moods dictate their colors....which are brilliant. I have introduced one of the babies from last spawn into my 55gal community tank with 4 Electric Yellow Cichlids. Wanting to see if raising him at so young will teach him to play well with other fish. So far the Yellows havent messed with him and he plays like a little kid with the Tetras and Guppies that are in there with him. Definitely a must buy fish.

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Jordon - 2006-08-31
Me and my friend just got into fish because he wanted Koi to put in his pond so we went to the pet store and he picked up 3. I saw what I now know is a J.D. I instantly fell in love and got him. I also got two Tigar Oscars. All the fish are still small so they dont have any problem with each other but I read that Jacks grow up and beat down the Koi and the Oscars. so i think I'll move him into his own tank even though i would love for the J.D. and the two Oscars to be together. We will see what happens.

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Debby - 2006-08-30
I started with 1 undyed jelly bean parrot fish and got a second one a couple weeks later. They are very entertaining. I've found them to be rather aggressive with other fish even my plec. They have also gone from 2 to over 40 since they do not eat their fry. In fact they aggressively protect them until the next batch of eggs are laid. I call my males my fishy bodybuilders of the fish world for the simple fact they look muscular. Right before a female is ready to lay her eggs, she will turn bright orange and the mating dance between her and the male is just that - a very intricate dance. Together they tend to the fry until it's time for the next batch.

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Ashley Sweet - 2006-08-28
I have two oscars, names "white boy" 7 inch and "black boy"8 inch. I've had my albino for a year and made the mistake of leaving him by himself in a 10 gal w/ the pleco the whole time. I had to go buy one his size and switched to a twenty gal tall(It seemed so much bigger when I bought it. The new oscar actually has "white boy" beat by about an inch all around but you couldn't tell it by how they act. The first night they hung out the whole time "palling" around the tank and now it's like the albino is entirely jealous of the new guy and having to share food or feeding time. There's definately not a shortage of food they eat about 3-4 times a day and not lightly. He keeps scaring him behind the log in the tank. He's so spoiled but I love them both. They are so fun unlike my betta which plays dead until its feeding time :)

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Anonymous - 2006-08-10
I had two salvinis (salvinii) in a tank with two blue gouramis, a moonlight gourami, a giant upside down catfish, and two very large plecos. The only thing the salvinis ever attacked was each other. One ended up killing the other. They were both 5 inches long. The surviving one never hurts any of the gouramis, I am surprised, but happy.

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Mike - 2006-07-26
he is so aggresive because they do not want any one so they show them who is the boss.

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Scott - 2006-07-22
I HAVE HAD A RED DEVIL SINCE HE WAS A YOUNGIN. HE IS IN A 55 GALLON TANK AND SEEMS TO BE VERY HAPPY, ALTHOUGH THE FISH I TRY TO ADD TO THE TANK DO NOT LAST A NIGHT. THE RED DEVIL IS NOW 9 INCHES LONG AND I WOULDN'T GET NEAR HIM, I THROW 30 OR 40 SMALL FEEDERS IN AND THAT KEEPS HIM BUSY FOR 3 DAYS OR SO, HE IS LOYAL....(MY OFFICE PIT BULL)

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DAVID VANG - 2006-07-12
i have in my 55 gallon tank 2 red devils and 2 blood parrots. there are alot of rocks and there are many rock formations. the blood parrots are highly agressive because they always beat up the 2 red devils and they have their own place.

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princess - 2006-07-10
I have 14 red devils in a 30 gallon tank. After reading your comments I wonder how they survived. It started out as 9 fish and they had babies. Only 5 out of 10 survived. I love my fish and they get along pretty good. When they fight they get yelled at and chased with the net. They are not very big because the tank is so small but they are happy. They play with their toys, rearrange their tank, and love to eat. I won't give them up for anything.

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justin c. pinheiro - 2006-07-08
I have one oscar that i got 4 years ago. well there was originally 2 but then the other one caught a disease that i couldn't cure and eventually died after about a week. anyway when i first got the oscars they were only about an inch. now after only about four years the one thats left is now suprisingly 9 inches. i keep him alone in a 55 gallon tank. the only thing alive i keep in the tank with him are goldfish but they don't last long if you know what i mean. The oscar is a good fish to keep in a species tank but just make sure the tank is big enough or they will fight, eventually resulting in a serious injury or death. I would recommend this fish to anyone who can handle it.

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