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Old 05-24-2011, 04:34 AM   #1
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Breeding yellow lab with white lab

I have seen a few websites that say do not breeed between different species of cichilds. I had 2 yellow lab cichilds 1 male and 1 female but they did not really take much intrest in each other. But as soon as i added a white lab male it is like a firework display in the tank the white lab constantly chases the female yellow lab and occasionally vis versa.

Is this a good thing and how will i know if the yellow lab is pregnant and what to do next. By the way the male yellow lab has become very shy after introducing the white lab and has started to swim at an angle sometimes it is flat on the surface for like 10 seconds.

My aquarium is a 60l tank



Tank size is abt 60l. the tank i have a gold fish, a cat fish, and a whitefish with long whiskers/antenea. Forgot the name if you remember please post.
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With that said you have some serious issues with your tank, being completely over stocked with imcopatable fish in to small of a tank.

First what your seeing in your African cichlids is aggression having two males with one female is a surefire way to get your female killed. How are you sure they are make/female? The one that's being shy is showing signs of being bullied, vertical swimming is like trying to hide. Second they have no business living in a 15g tank, these fish are aggressive and require a minimum of a 4ft tank, due to territorial issues and swimming space. Last when a large enough tank is purchased they should be stocked at a ratio of 1m to every 4-5 females. With your question to hybrids is that most people frown upon them since they weaken that strain of fish, with possible health and behavior issues. I for one really don't care if someone has hybrids and long as they're not being sold into retail and they stay at your house.

Next is that swimming poop machine the goldfish, they are a coldwater fish who also require a larger tank with depending on species 30g at the minimum if they're alone. They also have a different diet needs over the mbuna.

Last would be your catfish, I'm not sure of it's a Pictus or something else but my gut feeling is it probably doesn't belong theri either.

I'm sorry but not a single one of those fish belong where they are, your asking for trouble between aggression, fish health, and water quality. My best advice is to return all the fish and buy some small tropicals. This will give you time to research your fish selections and maybe purchase a much much larger tank.
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Thanks for the advise. But returning the fish back is not very likely plus the aquarium shop where o bought the fish and tank do not really have many types if fish. Mostly it is the fish in this tank.

Currently all is well and what do you suggest about the breeding between white and yellow lab and size of rank
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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For the fishes sake listen to Hukit, if your LFS won't take them then find people locally that will. As far as breeding goes they won't for 2 reasons, the tank is to small and if those fish fit in a 60lt chances are the fish aren't sexually mature. Also if by some chance they do breed there will be no room for the fry to hide/grow.
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Not trying at all to be rude, so please don't take it that way... but breeding these fish should be the last thing on your mind. Getting suitable tanks (since they don't belong together) would be my first priority. I'm in agreement with HUKIT as well.
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I second, or is it third hukits response....
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Ok then if i remove the mbunas/ yellow lab what else should remain in there or what should not.

I am kinda new to this, what would be ideal to put in a 60l tank.
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I hate to say it but none of the fish you listed are suitable in a small tank. The gourami can stay for a while depending on size and I'm not sure what kind of catfish you have but long term I don't see anything working. Small tanks are tough to stock, I realize when you go to the store and see the the fish when small but you need to research your selections prior to purchase. Now your here so that's a great start!
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Then what do you advise to put in there. I just bought the aquarium i want to have something in it atleast.

If i was to buy a new tank what would be an ideal size to put a wide variety of fish. E.g the type of fish in my (flop) tank.
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