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Nyan Tun - 2014-05-07
I have 1 jack dempsy in a 29 gallon tank. What kind of fish can I put together?

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Jason D - 2014-04-06
I have a jaguar cichlid and he loves to lay in the bubble ring like it's spa day, is this normal or a concern?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    It is most likely him just having fun. But just keep an eye out for any other unusual behavior or signs of illness if you are concerned.
  • Jason D - 2014-04-13
    Thank you! He or she.is doing great it's just one of the crazy things it does, I never had a fish with so much personality and can tell me from anybody else that aproaches the tank. And seems to get aggressive towards them, I love this fish and to think I got him her for free lol sucker!!!!
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jo - 2014-02-21
I've had a blue electric for two and a half months, he was about one and a quarter inches when I got him, he is now close to three inches. He is in a 40 gal with a catfish. He does very well being alone. He is gorgeous.

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  • d.umlywufg - 2014-04-13
    I had an electric blue Dempsey 8 years ago, very aggressive, 12 inches long, lived two years.
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Wilson - 2014-03-12
Okay well I have a 100 gal fish tank with a 7-8 in tiger Oscar and a breeding pair of jaguar cichlids, a gar and a convict and a red tail catfish. The Oscar ran the tank until about a few days ago I started to see that the Oscar was acting different. He didn't swim much anymore which he was very active before. The male jaguar and he will flare out at each other, never fight but now the Oscar is just acting terrified. Should I get rid of the female jaguar to calm Jim down? Or what should I do? Also my baby Jack Dempsey which was active at all times stop being active? What's going on? :/

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    Hmm, maybe your tankmates are just starting to become more aggressive and territorial. As they get older and/or ready to mate they sometimes will become more aggressive. It might be a good idea to remove the one jaguar cichlid and see how the other fish react. Maybe that will change the dynamics of the tank in a positive way. Are there plenty of hiding places as well? I would make sure there are lots of plants and other distractions where the fish can go.
  • Bryan - 2014-04-11
    Your tank is WAY overstocked. An Oscar, gar, and red tail catfish are going to get HUGE.
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Kyle Murphy - 2014-01-29
I have electric blue Johnnie what's the difference between males and female

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-30
    Gosh, the easiest way to answer that is to see the Sex: Sexual differences section up above.
  • zoran - 2014-04-10
    Small problem, my red zebra sired with johannii electric blue, as it is possible,  and what will be the problem of any fish that will hatch?
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Animal-World info on Electric Yellow Cichlid
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Sarah D. - 2010-12-12
I have a 300 gal cichlid tank. jeweled, electric yellow, electric blue, calico, convict, and fire mouth.. I only have 1 actual pair of fish which are the jeweled, but my electric is on her 2nd set of babies :o) Can an electric yellow cross breed? I'm really not sure what it could be breeding with in there, because as I said, one of each kind of fish. I really don't have a great knowledge of fish. I kind of stepped into owning them by accident, but I must be doing something right, I have only live plants, and lots of rocks for hiding, and apparently a breeding pair, Can someone help me? If you know if they can cross breed, can you let me know. The babies are all different colors. All are very similar to their mother, ( all a base color of a creamy yellow) but some are dark, some are striped, others just have the black fins. Thanks so much...

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-17
    Hi yes the yellow can cross breed with many other mbuna cichlids but if I had to guess I would say it is breeding with the electric blue.
  • matthew - 2014-04-09
    I do believe they can cross breed. I have a male and female yellow lab, and three snow whites, two females one male, that are breeding, one batch is all yellow, so I know the yellows breeding. The albinos fry are pale yellow with blueish fins and black tip fins like the yellow labs, very cool looking. My big male yellow lab just started turning grey on the lower half of his face, looking sick in a way but acting and eating healthy, he was so sharp looking, flawless all around. Now this started about three weeks ago after my heater failed and brought the temp over 110, surprised all my fish survived other than the three yellow peacocks... Could this colour change in the male lab be from that, him almost dying?
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matthew - 2014-04-09
I do believe they can cross breed, I have a male and female yellow lab, and three snow whites, two females one male, that are breeding, one batch is all yellow, so I know the yellows breeding. The albinos fry are pale yellow with blueish fins and black tip fins like the yellow labs, very cool looking. My big male yellow lab just started turning grey on the lower half of his face, looking sick in a way but acting and eating healthy, he was so sharp looking, flawless all around. Now this started about three weeks ago after my heater failed and brought the temp over 110, surprised all my fish survived other than the three yellow peacocks... Could this colour change in the male lab be from that him almost dying?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Yes a major change in temperature could cause a temporary or possibly permanent color change.
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munusamy.s - 2014-04-05
My fish are very hungry.

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Marianne - 2013-04-16
I have a huge problem... here is some background: I have been breeding Kribensis for a long time but today I have noticed that one of my batches male that is 8 months has a black and red face on 1-side! does anyone no what it is or should I get rid of it before it infects the other fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Off the top of my head I don't know what the heck it is. But... I would isolate the fish (quarantine/hospital tank) until I resolve what is going on with this fish. That way you will be avoiding a condition that could affect other tank inhabitants. Better to be safe than sorry:)
  • Axl D - 2014-04-04
    That happened to my oto. Died after 5 months.
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scott - 2012-04-21
My male yellow lab has been chasing the female lab and has stressed her. I've learned now I need more females to share the stress. I have her in a hospital net. What else can I do to stop her from dying...thanks ..scott

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  • slau - 2012-11-06
    How big is your fish tank? Best to have 3 or more females to 1 male yellow lab.
  • Wendy Dawn - 2014-03-30
    I recently had my 4 lb oscar die in my tank. I had 2 electric yellow females and one male, as well as a Jack Dempsey cichlid and a pleco. The one female is blind as a bat and now my male is also chasing the other female to her death. She's looking like she has fin rot but I assume it's the male ripping her to shreds. These fish are at their full grown size and if I introduce more females to the mix they will be too small to withstand the rest of the fish! Have you found any other solution Scott?
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