Animal Stories - Kenyi Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Kenyi Cichlid

The Kenyi Cichlid is easy to please as long as its requirements are met, making it a great fish for a Malawi cichlid tank!
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Ankit - 2014-11-04
I have a male and three females kenyi, but the problem is that all the three females run away from him as he approaches them. they seem very terrified from him and also have some damaged tails and fins. What should i do to get them mating ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-04
    It is recommended that there be a ratio of at least 4 females to one male for harmony and less aggression. Then the right tank conditions need to be provided: pH at 7.8 to 8.6, temperature between 73-82 degrees F, substrate of sand or gravel, and rocks that provide plenty of hiding places. To get them in breeding condition they should be fed a nutritious diet 2-3 times a day with supplements of bloodworms, brine shrimp, and even live feeder fish.
Glen Aurora - 2014-07-20
I placed a juvinle Kenyi in a tank with two Tiger Tetras (Don't let 'Tiger' name fool you as they are very passive), and they all got along for a while. The Kenyi began nipping fins of one of them only and when that one was dead it started working on the other one. The Kenyi only attacked the underside of the Tetras fins with only an occasional nip at the tail. Where as the Pihranas I used to have would immediately go for the tail. Once the tail is gone they're a 'sitting duck'. When I bought the Kenyi it was a brillant terquoise color and is now(after 1.5 yr), a golden yellow color(a male). How can you tell the difference when they are juviniles?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not sure you can sex them when young as both males and females are a pale blue with dark bands as juveniles.
Dominick Bowles - 2014-06-04
I have a purplish one with a lot of eggs, spots on the tail and it's killing every thing, it's like 3 to 4 in.

chani - 2012-07-07
I have one male & 4 females, started with 5 one died. The male keeps attacking the other females. One has almost no fins, no other fish in the tank & it's a big tank. Can anyone suggest what I can do for he just attacks them all the time!!!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    Maybe remove the male.  Sometimes you can get one that is just very aggressive.  I actually have one in a 55 gallon tank and has been the only one for 2 years as he kill anything that goes into the tank.
  • Jreg - 2013-02-28
    you need a lot more hiding places. example cichlid stones are really good. You can also use texas holy rock. stock the tank very thick with these things and overstock your tank with fish. the more fish the better because the aggressive fish never gets a chance to pick on the same fish resulting in less aggression. these 2 thing will help significantly.
  • HONEY - 2014-03-20
    I have 1 female and 1 male. I have seen that the male is removing rocks and their poops from his cave? Why?
andy - 2013-02-24
I have 3 male cichlids and 1 female (1 yellow lab cichlid, 1 red zebra,1kenyi, ) (1 female kenyi) i have a 55g tank .my female cichlid just gave birth to 25 baby fry. What I'm wondering is that how long till me fry get their color and stop being transparent?and how long till i can put the fry with the 3 males and the momma

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Should start getting color in  a couple weeks.   Really depends on tank setup and size.  The more hiding places the earlier you can try.  I would wait till an inch or so.

  • andy - 2013-02-27
    Its been about a month an the fry have only grow 3/4 not even an inch is that normal or too slow? You can see when the light his them u can see stripes but still clear
Jonny Vance - 2012-12-04
As far as the aggression, I have a full grown jack Dempsey, 2 rainbow sharks, a bala shark, a tiger oscar molly cichlid, a pleco, a chinese algae water, and 6 australian rainbow fish in with my m and f Kenyi cichlids, and their 17 free (about 4 months old) and there is no aggression at all, they all get along fine, providing plenty of space to declare their own terrotory is the key, they will defend their territory but seldom pursue another fish into theirs.

sha - 2012-05-28
Have a bunch of mixed cichlids and found 4 babies, is it possible for kenyi to breed with a talepia cichlid?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-29
Shawn - 2012-07-02
Do you get albino kenyis?

sarabjit - 2011-09-19
I had 8 kenyi cichlids but I have noticed from past 4 days that they have started getting very much aggressive to each other and killing each other. Now after 4days I'm left with only 3 cichlids as each day 1 or 2 of them dies because of their aggressiveness. Now I have 1 male and 2 female but worried that even they will be together or no. So anyone can suggest me what care should I take.

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  • gail - 2011-11-17
    The male is most aggressive and will kill all, but, the female. You should be fine in the tank and now the male is a happy swimmer with his girls. Good luck.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
    Males will kill other males unless you have 6 to 7 females and males will only be super aggressive during breeding. You need to have lots of other cichlids and other fish in the tank so he does not single any one fish out and then kill him and then kill the next fish and so on you also need lots of rocks and hidding places
james - 2011-08-26
I have a 60 gallon reef tank and a mixture of mbuna.
I have been studying the nature of cichlid behaviour for 2 1/2 years. What I have discovered is the aggressiveness of a cichlid is born from the very beginning at birth. Theses beautiful creatures, from the moment of birth fight for domminance over territories and constantly jockey for the best positions for survival. Whomever states that cichlids are not aggressive, well, really hasn't spent the time to really get to know there friends......
Cichlid are very interesting builders and excavationers as well. My male Kenyi is always moving gravel around plants(good thing there decor. plants), I do keep anacharis plants to help with there diet, anyway, if you have a clean tank with lots of rock and plants then from time to time you should notice pits and other hiding spots created by these creatures.
for the most part cichlids are aggressive and if anyone, who has them as pets should take care and learn because even fish have distinct behavioral traits that makes each one different. In my conclusion, even though aggressive in nature, Mbuna are very doscile and fun to observe.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-26
    Possibly - all things are slightly agressive and we learn to behave in order to get along. Kittens can be agressive and so can puppys. Birds when being hand fed or in the nest seem to be a little assertive as they are being fed. Given enough room, space, food, agression decreases. I had cichlids and they intitally seemed agressive to me - always chasing one another. Then just a short time passed and they formed pairs and built little hidey holes and had little hidey spots in the plants and decorations. They built little tunnels etc and all got along. Sometimes they would be a litttle protective of their areas but basically all got along. I thought it was more this is my turf kinda thing. I will say they are interesting to watch. Their behavior seem to be quite complex - especially the building.