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Xueming - 2012-06-06
I juz bought 9 blood parrot fish... but they seems very scared of me and lighting and always hide in a corner of the tank... is there anything i can do to reduce this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-06
    It takes them awhile to acclimate to new surroundings - your new tank and decorations etc. Give them a few days and you will see them start to adjust and then they will start to come out and be around.
  • stalloney - 2012-06-08
    My mum bought 8. They were shy but when people not nearby the aquarium they came out from shying away. I tried to put other fishes such as red tail barb but they were attacking it so I guess they were not good around other fishes.
  • Anonymous - 2013-04-06
    I don't feed my fish that much and it is bigger than yours. I only feed maybe twice a day she is in a 35 gallon tank and has been in there for three months without me changing the water. I keep the water 2 inches from the top so the filter can slash for bubbles, and I have a heater that evaporates the water over two weeks and I add water over two weeks because it becomes too low for the filter. I bought this fish {Peachie} thinking she can go in with the 4 Oscars {Nomination}, {Grouch}, {Myers}, {Stars}, And Jack Dempsey{Jackso dempsey}. Well the Red blood kept on fighting with the Oscars so that I had to buy another tank for Peachie.
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Jason Aldridge - 2013-04-05
Two convicts and water make babies. If you put two male convicts in there they would probably find a way to make babies. So yes Max it is an easy thing to achieve breeding convicts, No matter what color they are.

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Max miller - 2013-04-04
Can you cross breed convict cichlids? Like a pink convict cichlid and a black convict cichlid, will that work?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Yes Convict Cichlids are easily crossed with their own species, and they are a very prolific breeder!
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Animal-World info on Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
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Md M R Nahid - 2013-04-04
I have got 1 inch in size of 7 Electric Blue Jack Dempsey and 3 jack dampsey on a 410 L tank, so far so good. I came to know that they fight among themselves when they grow older so how many more do I have to keep to make a large group? Please it will be a good help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-04
    You have 7 Electric Blues and 3 Jack Dempseys? 10 fish should be a good amount. I would just keep an eye on them and see how they do.
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brett - 2013-04-01
This is such a great article! its really helped me A LOT in starting my new tank and as a first time Cichlid keeper. thanks heaps! :)

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Max miller - 2013-03-26
So I have a 60 gallon with 10 black tetras and I was thinking of getting 2 black angelfish. Will 2 be fine?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-27
    The tetras may harrass the angels at first and add too much stress for them unless larger angels.
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Animal-World info on Pearl Cichlid
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cepe20 - 2013-03-23
i have kept this fish but they are quite hard to keep. These fish need to be handled with care because they get stressed very easily.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-23
    I would check your water supply.  These fish are usually extremely easy to keep.  May be something odd in your water.  They do tend to get aggressive though.
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Animal-World info on Salvini Cichlid
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Mike - 2004-07-18
i had a salvini for a while, they are nice to have. he never attacked any of my fish but he always hid in a little house. i noticed my firemouth and convict were messing with him. his blue strips turned black and thats when he got very aggressive. the next thing i know he locks on with the firemouth and twist his mouth and the firemouth runs, then he locks on the convict. he was so aggressive i had to remove him from the tank.

then my jack dempsey went into his house and i put the salvini back in the tank. he got mad again because the jack dempsey was in his house, so he attacked the jack dempsey. they locked on but the jack dempsey was a little bigger, same lengh just he was fatter, so the jack dempsey over powered the salvini. ever since that day i had to sell my salvini. it was a big tank and i had 3 houses in it, but he wanted that one. i suggest if you get a salvini put him in a tank alone.

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  • knifefish - 2013-03-08
    Nice story.
  • ivan.houseago - 2013-03-23
    hi mike, as with all territorial cichlids you must change the d├ęcor around on a regular basis this will cut down on aggression. Soon as the battles over real estate start, move house!
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Cheri - 2011-02-20
I just started my new 20 gal cichlid tank. I have a red zebra, a bumblebee, and an electric yellow. Do you think these fish are all ok together? I want to add one more...is there enough room? How do you tell if these fish are male or female?

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  • Paul Miller - 2011-03-27
    Not sure about the red but I have a bumblebee and two yellow labs in a 25 gal. and they seem to be doing awesome together. Going to get a few more yellow lab, but I have the same question about sexing them. I think mine may be too young to tell but would like some help in possibly determining the sex of them.
  • rachel - 2011-04-01
    I can help you with the bumblebee, but I don't know much about the others.
    If your bumblebee has 1-2 egg spots (small yellow circles) on its anal fin, its a female. But if it has 2-5 egg spots its a male.
    The male will grow to about 6 ft; and the female to 5 ft. A 50 gallon tank will work for a single fish, but you need a 100+ gallon if housed with other compatible fish.
    hope that helps!
  • rachel - 2011-04-02
    Sorry, not 6ft and 5ft, but 6in and 5in.
  • Danny - 2013-03-21
    A 20 gallon is way 2 small. U should have at least a afr55 gallon to house African cichlids. They wont become aggressive until there adults and u need 2 females to 1male. They get about 4-6 '. U need plenty of hiding places. Over stock (in the right size tank) to lower aggression. And u can tell male from female by venting. Loom u.derive
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shortcake - 2013-03-19
I have about 9 severums in a tank and I noticed that 2 of them have red mouths, but I wwatched them for a while and they aren't fighting or anything can someone tell me why it's like that?

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