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Brutusfish
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PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)13:46    Post subject: aceis & electric yellows Reply with quote

How long does it take for Aceis and Yellow Labs to reach maturity? I've kept these fish since April 2006. They were around 1-1.5 inches then. They have made steady progress (2.5-3.5 now) , but I'm afraid I am not feeding them enough. What do you think?
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brianD
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PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)17:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

well how much are you feeding them?
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Brutusfish
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PostPosted: 2007.01.28(Sun)18:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feed them spirulina in the morning and cichlid flakes in the evening.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.29(Mon)0:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

They seem to be growing at the expected rate. Next year this time (if not sooner) they should be in the 4"-5" range.

Growth is not entirely linked to quantity of food provided. I believe quality of food, quality of water, genetics, fish health, stress, etc all play a part rate of growth.

Some fish just grow slow. One of my store-bought yellow labs which was purchased nearly 2 years ago as a 1.5"-2" juvie is now 2.5".

Meanwhile I've had yellow labs born in my tank months after that purchase and they've already surpassed it in size.
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Brutusfish
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PostPosted: 2007.01.29(Mon)20:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

kaybee, Water parameters are always good. I know I am not overfeeding. It is my first try with Africans and I thought why not ask. What is your food of choice for Aceis and Yellow Labs?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.30(Tue)2:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone has they're own feeding prefences.

I personally feed my acei and yellow labs New Life Spectrum pellets (cichlid formula) and various veggie-based flake foods (pure spirulina, HBH Graze Super Veggie Flake, Kens Premium Vegetable Flake, & Ocean Nutrition's Cichlid Vegi Formula, etc).

I feed once per day and also fast my fish for 1.5 days every 5 or 6 days.
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