Animal Stories - People Talking About Cichlids

Animal-World info on Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
Animal Story on Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
List Animal Stories on Electric Blue Jack Dempsey
More info at Animal-World
Linda - 2012-11-17
Have a 36 gallon bow front tank. I have 1 peacock eel, 3 boesemans rainbow fish, 2 odessa barbs, 2 sterbas cory, 1 giant danio. can i add a EBFD to this tank? I was also looking into a rainbow shark. any thought?

Click For Replies (6)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-18
    The Dempsey is not a good fit for this tank.  The tank is too small to add one with any fish.  On a side note the Giant Danios do best in groups and add some excitement to the tank.
  • duff - 2012-12-21
    Not sure of the size of some of those fish but a 36 is not all that large if you dont want to get into trouble follow a rule of thumb 1 inch of fish per gallon of water all the rest is hit and miss have fun trying you can allways take him back to the pet store and trade him
  • duff - 2012-12-21
    Not sure of the size of some of those fish but a 36 is not all that large if you dont want to get into trouble follow a rule of thumb 1 inch of fish per gallon of water all the rest is hit and miss have fun trying you can allways take him back to the pet store and trade him
  • Mark - 2013-01-28
    That can be proven false...a juvenile ebjd growing up among community fish, builds a tolerance. My 75g tank at one point consisted of neon tetras, white clouds, clown loaches, a ghost knife, gold severums, and 3 ebjd, and thrived for 2 yrs. Wasn't until 2 of my ebjs paired off that an issue occurred. Having Electric blues most of my life, I find their aggression is half maybe more then a normal jack....
  • Mark - 2013-01-28
    Rainbows are a fast schooling fish, assuming you get a young ebj, it will be ok... I've noticed ebjs do very nice with severums, ebjs being slower growing, the severums dwarf them quickly. They might chase one another a lil but no harm was ever done in my tank.
  • Mark - 2013-01-28
    Sharks are also fast growing and though community labeled fish, also tend to be fast, occasionally nippy, kind of aggressive the bigger they get. Sharks can hold their own... and every cat fish and pleco tends to be treated with mild neglect in most tanks... I'm sure they will be fine. Establish a territory for the ebj if you get one (rock cave, driftwood haven, etc) you should be ok.
Animal-World info on Electric Blue Hap
Animal Story on Electric Blue Hap
List Animal Stories on Electric Blue Hap
More info at Animal-World
Libby - 2009-05-19
Can I put an electric blue 'ahli' cichlid in a 50 gal tank with a 5"electric yellow cichild, 2 3" jewel cichilds, a 2" red tail shark, large (palm of the hand sized)blood parrot and plecostimus?

Click For Replies (8)
  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    My answer is going to depend on the type of plecostomus you have. Some plecos only reach 3 inches, while others reach 24! If you have the type that reaches this size, I would not add any more fish to your tank. With the fish that you have, the tank would eventually be overstocked when the pleco was full grown. If you have one of the smaller plecos, you will probably be fine to add an Ahli.
  • trevor - 2010-04-21
    But there is always the option of taking your large pleco to a local pet store and trading for a smaller one.
  • Tracie - 2010-05-28
    From what I've The elec. blue ahli requires a min of 70 gal tank.
  • michael - 2011-01-07
    Yes. It should do fine, this fish can take very good care for itself. Just don't mix another male of the same kind you could add electric blue females if you like also and no peacock male fish and you should be fine. It's an amazing and radiant fish to have. Enjoy.
  • Scott - 2011-05-11
    No, it will probably get killed by the yellow cichlid because it has asserted its dominance
  • Annie - 2011-08-09
    I have an Electric Blue that I had with an Electric yellow and a Kenyi, all were put in at the same time, and they almost killed the Electric Blue. I would suggest not putting them together.
  • Tristan - 2012-06-02
    Yes, I am currently keeping my ahli with an electric yellow, auratus ,chipokae, red kadango, johanni,pleco and 3 red zebras. The ahli will be fine in your tank.
  • Ian - 2012-06-29
    Yes, I've got a 55g with 1 ahli, 5 yellow labs, 2 MALE Otter point peacocks, 2 johanni, 5 yellow tail acei, 4 bristle nose plecos and 1 7' hi fin spotted pleco, 5 demasani,and a striped raphael cat. they all get along. no one picks on the Electric blue ahli but since he's the only male of his kind is very gentle for the most part till he gets hungery. If you add female ahli, be prepared to move them to a different tank cause the male will become extremely aggressive towards other fish.
Animal-World info on Bumblebee Mouthbrooder
Animal Story on Bumblebee Mouthbrooder
List Animal Stories on Bumblebee Mouthbrooder
More info at Animal-World
mick - 2012-10-16
hi ive sucessfully just recently bred bumble bee cichlids, and after the mating ritual, removed the female, to another tank , with the same water, and after around 17/ 18 days i now have around 50 fry, but she dosent seem to be interested in the them, and the are frightend from her, should i move the mother, will they survive on there own, as the are vividly eating crushed flakes, and swimming around the bottom of the tank at ease ?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-17
    Yes I would remove the female.  Will have a better mortality rate.
Animal-World info on Green Terror
Animal Story on Green Terror
List Animal Stories on Green Terror
More info at Animal-World
BIBEK - 2013-01-01
My female terror hates my male terror and does not want to be closed with him what shall i do

Click For Replies (1)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-02
    What size tank is it?  They may need more space.  Try adding some decor if size is not the issue and re-arranmge the decor that is in there now.  Sometimes the change will make them calm down and give them areas to hide.
Animal-World info on Oscar
Animal Story on Oscar
List Animal Stories on Oscar
More info at Animal-World
DAN - 2012-11-07
My oscar has a swollen red nostril. What can I do to help reduce the swelling. Any info would be gratefully accepted.

Click For Replies (2)
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-07
    This might be one of the dumbest things I have ever written but I had a bird that had two really big and very red nostrils.  It's bird friend somehow had sat there and shoved seeds up the birds nostrils.  I thought inflmation, infection - whole bunch of things but when I looked, there were a bunch of seeds stuck up the nostril.  Is there a way you can see if there is anything in your Oscars nostril.  I told you it might be dumb but just thought I'd try and help.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-09
    Usually not a huge issue if it isn't effecting diet and mood.  Could be a tumor or injury.  Does the fish hit the glass often?  All the water levels normal?  I a tumor a little iodine added everyday can help.
Animal-World info on Blue Acara
Animal Story on Blue Acara
List Animal Stories on Blue Acara
More info at Animal-World
Kuldeep - 2003-11-24
I got a pair of Blue Acara which bred twice in the last 40 days ,
but the male ate up the eggs both times after a day or so.
Next time I will be seperating the eggs from the parents .

Wakeem - 2012-09-13
I have a pair of blue acara , I love these fish, I am a little confused over their sex. Is there a big difference in their size. The larger has a squarer head to its slope , however the smaller is more oval rounded like, it is also extremely more darker. Their behaviour to each other is somewhat confusing too sometimes very friendly , the next the larger just Persues the smaller. Can anyone offer any further advice . Thanks

Click For Replies (2)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-14
    Males are larger with extended dorsal and anal fins
  • Wakeem - 2012-09-20
    How about the behaviour . Do they always chase each other around?
Animal-World info on Blue moorii
Animal Story on Blue moorii
List Animal Stories on Blue moorii
More info at Animal-World
mitch logan - 2011-06-21
I have a blue moorii in my tank. I put it in yesterday but my ob zebra smashing it and its got half of its scales left on the moorii what can I do?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-08
    Remove one of them.
Animal-World info on Blood Parrot
Animal Story on Blood Parrot
List Animal Stories on Blood Parrot
More info at Animal-World
rebecca - 2012-12-27
I have recently purchased a 55 gallon tank. I have followed directions to the letter. Before I put the fish in I made sure it went through the cloudy algae bloom stage. Problem is it is still cloudy and it's been three weeks. What am I doing wrong? They are 4 big fish and 4 smaller

Click For Replies (1)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-28
    Did you put the fish all in at once?  This can cause the cloudiness.  Tank will sort of re-cycle.  There is clarafication drops you can add that work well.  The tank will settle on its own but can be frustrating waiting.  Also if it is near a window with a lot of sunlight, that can cause an algae bloom.
Animal-World info on Flag Cichlid
Animal Story on Flag Cichlid
List Animal Stories on Flag Cichlid
More info at Animal-World
Sarah Mildred Landgraff - 2012-04-07
I love love love my festivums. I have 40 gal live planted tank. They're doing amazing with their tank mates. That includes two gold angels, two gold ram cichlids (male) two electric blue ram cichlids (male), five rosy barbs, 4 cory cats, a hand full of snials and one very bossy male betta. They eat a very wide selection for freeze, fresh and flaked foods. They never chase or compete for food. Did I mentioned I simply love them?

Click For Replies (1)
  • Ana - 2012-06-11
    What kind of Cichlid are you referring to? While African Cichlids from the three main lakes (Malawi, Tanganyika, and Victoria) do best in hard, aalilkne water, there are also South American Cichlids which do best in softer, acidic water like yours. I suggest going for South American species so you don't have to toy with your pH at all, but if you have your heart set on Africans (be prepared for aggression), it shouldn't take more than a week for the pH to shift to a relatively high point. Though it will continue to rise for a while, it will be gradual enough that it is safe for the fish.

About Animal-World

Animal-World offers animal pictures, videos, and animal information on all different types of pets and animals. Included are animals that are commonly kept as pets, exotic pets and wild animals. Check us out for information, education, and fun. We strive to aid in responsible pet ownership and an understanding of the importance of preserving and honoring our world and its inhabitants. Animal-World members and contributors are from all over the world. You too are invited to be an active participant in this community. Post your own personal pet stories, contribute pictures of your pets, and join the forums for pet and animal discussions.

Visit Animal-World