Animal Stories - Bumblebee Mouthbrooder


Animal-World Information about: Bumblebee Mouthbrooder

The Bumblebee Mouthbrooder is a fish with a 'chameleon' ability, it can quickly change color from being yellow with stripes to almost black!
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jim - 2014-03-13
My female bumble bee cichlid will not eat like she used to, she would attack the pellets on top of the water, now she does not eat. But I have seen her eat a little bit on the bottom, not much. This has been going on for about 4 weeks, what's wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your fish may be reacting to something wrong with its environment. The first line of defense is a partial water change, and then look at the overall home. Test the water for ammonia and nitites, and check the temperature. Then make sure the tank is an appropriate size, there are plenty of rocks for hiding/spawning, and make sure no one is anyone picking on her.
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trevor - 2010-04-21
Believe it or not I have a 55 gallon, currently most of my cichlids are pretty much still in juvenile, but I have 2 red zebras, 2 bumblebees, 2 aurautus, 3 electric blues. Currently the two biggest are one of the zebras and a bumblebee. And the zebra is the more aggressive he dominates the whole tank and thinks every cave is his. I hope he doesn't become a problem, he just chases the other fish, hasn't killed any but thought that would be interesting to mention. Oh and the bumblebee is bigger. Maybe he's a chicken.

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  • KLIDE - 2011-03-24
    I would hope there would be no chickens in the aquarium.
  • Austin Jouppe - 2014-01-18
    Ya definitely not enough room for anything else in there
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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 ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-17
    Yes I would remove the female.  Will have a better mortality rate.
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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 ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-16
    Taking a chance keeping them together.  I would move the mother if you want as many as possible to survive.
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lauren clarke - 2009-10-10
I love the bumblebee mouthbrooder, it is like my most favourite fish ever!

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  • klide - 2011-03-24
    Um does anyone know how to identify the male or female bumblebee cichlid? Please respond.
  • klide - 2011-03-24
    Um does anyone know how to identify the male or female bumblebee cichlid? Please respond.
  • James Kosloske - 2012-01-10
    There are two ways you can determine the sex of your bumble, one is to let them mature at which time the males will be black, the other and best way to sex your fish is to vent them. Do not rely solely on the egg spot theory to sex you fish as it is not 100% accurate. Hope this helps.
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Ashley Maitland - 2012-08-12
Today my fish was acting wierd. When ever I get ready to feed him he gets really excited swimming back and forth waiting for me to drop the food in, but today he didn't do that. The secound time I fed him today, he was still hiding in his cave which is not normal. Finally he got out of his cave and I found something on his face. It is on the left side near the nostral area and looks like a big orange zit on his face. I have no idea what it is. I'm really worried about it. With out knowing what it is I don't know how to cure him. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? It is almost like something is growing on him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    Doesn't sound right.  I'd go to Animal Worlds Fish Disease and Symptoms and scroll down till you find the symptom that sounds like what your fella has. The recommended treatment is listed there.  Look at red pest - it is a fungal - curable

    http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
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KLIDE - 2011-03-24
Well i know how to identify the species i just cant tell if there male or female

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-03-25
    Hey Klide, just go ahead and read the description on this fish. It tells you all about their colors when in breeding form. There's also some great info about their colors in the introduction paragraph too, as change color when they associate with the cave dwelling catfish and provide a cleaning service.

    Bumblebee Mouthbrooder Description

    Very cool Info, you'll love it!
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quicky2g - 2010-12-03
This fish is not aggressive in my tank at all. I have it in a 30 gallon tank with 2 female kenyi's, a hongi, an orange blotched red zebra...and this one gets picked on the most. I might need to get a more aggressive one to keep up with the other fish. All my fish are 2.5-3 inches so they have a bit of growing to do.

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  • quicky2g - 2011-01-19
    I traded my old one for a slightly bigger and more aggressive one and it's doing much better in a different tank. They seem to eat anything I give them (Flakes, pellets or live food) and they're very hardy.
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