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subtlesilver
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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)10:48    Post subject: Fish fright, enticing into the open Reply with quote

I have finnally stopped with live bearers, gourami, and catfish.
I have started an African Setup
w/ 2 elecrtic yellow mbuna 1m 1f
2 demansoni 1m 1f - I think
2 other fish I can't identify but I saw others at full size at 4" so I'm not worried.

anyway I am using normal small grain gravela and have 5 coral type rocks.
the thing is all though the fish have just been in they don't eat exept what reaches the ground and shold be for the plec that sinks....

at the shop they all were not hiding but now they do...
BUT
the strange thing is that they hide together with out fighting but as soon as the go into the open the dash as if in fear for cover.

I was thinking of re organising the rocks for them but still...
could this be pH shock as the pH is 7.5 - I am slowly buffereing it to 8.0

I am new to Cichilids and have many fish books but none on cichlids

I guess that re forming the caves is the only way forward......

thanks v. much
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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

This usually happens with newly introduced cichlids and is normal. They will soon settle down and acociate that when the lid goes up food goes in.
Some aquarists use dither fish to entice the fish out into the open and then remove the dithers once the cichlids get used to their surroundings.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)15:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advise.
so nothing is wrong ...?

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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)17:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some things could be wrong. Are you cycling? What size is the tank?


Also, you may want to look into the cichlids you have purchased, research wise; the two species you list are not monogamous, and a sole female will bear the brunt of a male looking for multiple partners.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.17(Sun)8:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know that the labs are a pair and I think the demanoni are too and I know about the third pair. they were sexed by a very good aquarist expert. - in all the stores I have visited his tanks are the best I've ever seen - stunning. anyway.....
its just that they hide to gether or right next to eachother but they don't dare come into the open yet
by the by the tank is about 90-95 odd L
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)0:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have added another cave and am putting food pellets insead of flakes so that they sink into the open area of their tank it seems to be working well,
as does surprisingly the number of plants I can keep alive with them
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)11:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

having said that I've tried over several days and all they do now is hang around in the open when their fed then dive for cover again
please someone, mods, anyone help
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)21:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with your fish. I have always had south americans only.
I have three Festivum Cichlids, In the fish store they were in center of tank with about ten others. I brought them home, put in a 55 gallon with some angels and couple rams and a lone keyhole. These fish have been hiding for a year and a half now. They come out and swim about when nobody's around, as soon as they see movement from a distance they return to their hiding spots. These guys are about 5-6 inches now and hide so well most people never notice them.

I have three beautiful fish that nobody sees including me!!! So will your fish get used to you or not? Who knows?
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