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Brandon - 2010-05-31
I have currently 2 male auratus along with 2 kenyis one male and one female and a male demasoni. These fish just love to fight and just don't give up. The dominant male auratus is dark black with a blue sheen and a very light blue and yellow stripe through the middle. It is only 3 inches long but terrorizes the whole tank, even though the male kenyi is a little over 4 inches he can't stand up to my auratus. The other male auratus is a little under 3 inches and gets beat up by the other auratus and male kenyi. His colors look like a very ugly dirty female would. I put a 4 inch crayfish in my tank and after about 3 mins the auratus just tore into it and bit all of the legs off, the top halves of the claws, and the eyes. The picture that this website shows does not do this fish justice, both the male and female colors are very attractive but beware of the aggression.

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trevor - 2010-04-21
I'm not trying to be mean but it's very hard on your fish to mix different native fish in one tank. Everything may be doing well as it seems but there is a lot that you can't see. Oscars need a more neutral pH than african cichlids and neither will feel comfortable in a tank. Your oscar is probably so stressed he's lost his personality and believe me these fish have amazing personalities. As for the jaguar and blood parrot they go well together somewhat but try getting another tank and separating the difference in native areas. And I would keep that oscar by himself. Nice variety of fish though currently I have a 55 dedicated to lake malawi cichlids beautiful fish, and a 15 holding about 15 black convict fry. They're my wife's and they are going to be cool fish when we thin them out. But I won't ever mix them with my malawis. Also I have a 125 gallon that the malawi will go into when I finally move.

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carrie Blaylock - 2012-05-03
So my friend gave me a 10 gal tank n 2 southern cichilids. The problem is the larger male is trying to kill the female. Its really sad to watch any advice would be appreciated

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    They are stressed and acting out. Add some hiding places.
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Smokin\'Shotgun - 2012-09-10
My daughter purchased me 2 gold sevrums about 7 months ago and they have been doing great however the past couple of days one of them have been hanging out at the opening of a skeleton dinosaur head inside it outside of it and only comes out to eat the other stands guard and chases away anyone who comes near...I haven't spotted any eggs and this is the first time it has happened. she doesn't look sick but she has a reddish belly from laying on the rocks I think...Can you give me some ideas of what its going on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    Maybe going through the process and making claim to it's territory.
  • Joy - 2012-11-02
    Your sevrums are pairing off. when the eyes deepen in color and the bellys turn reddish they are approaching breeding. My blue/green sevrums have done the same thing. Although their eyes also turned more red. They laid eggs for the third time 3 weeks ago and they guard the offspring from the oscars, geophagus, and red hooks. I have a 125 gal tank and they will not let the other fish swim past the halfway point. I would think that you have a pair and are establishing their breeding area.
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ankitroy - 2013-06-01
Can a flowerhorn be introduced in a community tank, with a silver aro(2 ft) and a ghost knife(13 inch) and a giant gourami(7 inch) tank size 450 gallons.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-02
    Well, we just talked about your three fish in the comments on the Giant Gourami page, so given that... and the info above about this fishes social behaviors (not community and aggressive). I think you can conclude it would be quite  risky:)
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Vicki - 2005-07-01
i had 2 jack dempsys, they were so beautiful. they will watch u walk by and just stare at u where ever u are in the room.
recenty they bred and i have hundreds of little babys. but i found jack(male) started to attack jill(female). it got to the stage where i had to put her into another tank, but sadly she died. jack is just over 8in and jill was just about 6in.

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  • MsBobbins - 2013-04-18
    Hi Vicky. I would always have a tank ready to remove the male for about 2 weeks and try him then. I have seen my fish display this aggression. From From pesky spats to one male attacking very violently. I removed the female on that occassion for 2 weeks recovery and rest. I put a couple of babies in the tank which was the emergency ward.The male was crazy and almost killed my female. I know have learned this is because the male is only interested in making babies and the female isn't ready. It differs with different male fish some are a bit aggressive and accept her wishes and leave her alone for awhile. He will persist and try again later tho. Always have plenty of places she cane hide. Places he can't fit into. I now have a tank ready for this because the removal of the male when he displays this behavior has been the solution for my pair I mention above. My female was shocked the first batch of babies. I removed male with second batch for a few days. I have a lot of aficans. Most are not as aggressive however I do have plenty of hidings spots the male won't fit or dig into. Or knock over. Good lucFish are great! I'm about to try and match my JD and hope to have some little JD'S soon.
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suraj dhanwar - 2012-10-05
Between how many days did they lie eggs. In first breeding ?

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Younis - 2011-06-13
Hi,, I have bought a pair of alounocara red peacock, ( Rubin ) and I joined him with other tank mates as,
2 lemmon cichlid
2 blue zebra cichlid
2 venustus
2 parrot
1 fontosa

Everything seems fine but the venustus seems to be upset with him. He can't stop darting on them,, although I have many hiding spaces and all that, what shall I do :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    I included articles on the various fish you have in your tank. The Venustus has a predatory nature and it is recommended you have a 60 gallon tank when they are little and 125 gallon as they mature. They want a lot of space. Could this be the problem. You have a good number of fish. How big is your tank?
  • christopher price - 2012-03-05
    If I were you I would move the venustus to another tank. I have africans. I had 2 pair of orange blotch peacocks, 2 pair of deep water haps (pladichromis electra), a jewel cichlid, pleco,and a juvenile ruby crystal peacock. Guess what? All I have is a ruby crystal peacock and the pleco. The ruby crystal killed everything except for the orange blotch male and the jewel cichlid they died from my water quality. African cichlids are very agressive he's probably gonna tear your peacocks up. If i was you I would move them or the vunustus cichlid..
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Younis - 2011-06-13
Hi,, I have bought a pair of alounocara red peacock, ( Rubin ) and I joined him with other tank mates as,
2 lemmon cichlid
2 blue zebra cichlid
2 venustus
2 parrot
1 fontosa

Everything seems fine but the venustus seems to be upset with him. He can't stop darting on them,, although I have many hiding spaces and all that, what shall I do :(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    I included articles on the various fish you have in your tank. The Venustus has a predatory nature and it is recommended you have a 60 gallon tank when they are little and 125 gallon as they mature. They want a lot of space. Could this be the problem. You have a good number of fish. How big is your tank?
  • christopher price - 2012-03-05
    If I were you I would move the venustus to another tank. I have africans. I had 2 pair of orange blotch peacocks, 2 pair of deep water haps (pladichromis electra), a jewel cichlid, pleco,and a juvenile ruby crystal peacock. Guess what? All I have is a ruby crystal peacock and the pleco. The ruby crystal killed everything except for the orange blotch male and the jewel cichlid they died from my water quality. African cichlids are very agressive he's probably gonna tear your peacocks up. If i was you I would move them or the vunustus cichlid..
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ananya - 2013-05-31
these fishes are sold in kolkata in plenty. they are called 'blue auratus' here. i used to think these are blue auratus, before i searched this site. anyway, is there any blue variation of the original auratus species?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    The Maingano (Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos) are such beautiful fish. They have vertical striping as is found on the Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus), though the Auratus has a gold coloring too. But maybe that's why they call it the 'blue Auratus' there. Thought they are different species, they are closely related and many Mbuna hybrids have been formed in captivity. The actual species will have their true coloration, but you can probably find a Mbuna hybrid in the color you want. As a matter of fact, so many different hybrids that have formed in captivity, there is no way to tell exactly what you are getting unless it is from a reputable dealer. But the true species and the hybrids are all beautiful fish:)
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