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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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?
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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
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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.

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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
    Yep.
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Shawn - 2012-07-02
Do you get albino kenyis?

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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
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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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    Sid - 2012-09-23
    I have a tank with a community of 36 kenyi cichlids. All are around 1-1.5 inches in length and seem to live peacefully with each other. Is there a possibility of future conflicts? I know at least 5 of them are males because they are yellowish in color as compared to the other bright blue females.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-23
      I believe you are going to run into some problems.  Rule of thumb is minimum 1 gallon usuable water for each inch your fish are going to be as adults.  50 gallon tank will maybe net you 40 gallons after you remove for plants, substrate, filter deocrations.  36 fish at 1  - 1/2 inches - you would need at least 55 gallons now - and they are not full grown.  The cichlids probably will stunt and not achive adult size - They will become agressive and conflicts will start.  I'd read the above Animal World article as they are strongly recommended 10 gallons for one male and 50 gallons for 1 male and 4 - 5 females.  In your situation - the strongest guy might survive but there is going to be problems with all. 
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    Anonymous - 2012-07-09
    I have a black Molly in a tank with a female kenyi . The kenyi doesn't seem to be aggressive and doesn't acknowlege the black Molly. I'm just wondering if I should be prepared for the Molly to be fish food.

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    • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-10
      Never really know.  there is a good chance the molly will be Kenyi food one day though.
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    ange - 2011-01-22
    I have an 80 gallon tank (48 x36 x14) I would like to put a semi aggressive fish in there like the cichild. I don't want a lot but how many is good for this tank? And what other fish are suggested to go with? Do I get the cichlids first or other fish first?

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