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Old 03-17-2014, 02:58 AM   #1
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Cichlid digging holes under rock.

Hi there. I have a cichlid digging a hole under a rock. He swims in and swims out with a mouthful of sand and spits it out. Whys this??

Also what type of cichlid is this and what sex?

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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It's getting ready to breed. My male kenyi does the same thing. They like a clean area to spawn.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Cichlid digging holes under rock.

It's completely normal, digging a cave to claim it's own. Very common behaviour in Mbuna. Might be a one of the labotropheus trewevasae but the mouth throws me off a bit.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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Thank you. Does anyone know how often Cichlids breed.?
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
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Depends really, some of mine go for it once every 3 months while others aren't so fruitful and breed maybe once a year.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:56 PM   #6
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I hope your rock isn't laying on top of gravel or sand, last thing you wanna come home to is a cichlid pancake O_O
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So I believe that that fish is in a fairly large category of mbuna that are commonly referred to as "zebra" cichlids. They are classified in in the Metriaclima or Maylandia genus depending on your source. So he is likely a "Blue Zebra". If you google images of Blue Zebra cichlids, you will see that this group encompasses are large variety of both color morphs and species.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:36 PM   #8
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Nice looking fish!! And mine dig all the time I have pool filter sand. The first time I set up my rock work it was resting on 3" of sand and they dug it all out from underneath. Luckily I had them set up pretty good and no fish were crushed. When I reorganized the rocks the next time I moved a lot of the sand out of that area so they would be practically sitting on the bottom this has helped but they still dig an move them some. I know 1 thing you have to watch out for if you are using large rocks is that they don't fall and crack the tank. All mine are relatively small though.
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He is the only in my aquarium that digs....

Digging a new home - YouTube
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:02 PM   #10
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ID:	228604I just cleaned my tank yesterday and he already dug the hole in the first picture. He is my main digger but the rest of them do it some to. A lot of it has to do with clearing out a spot to spawn from what I have read. It's an all male tank though maybe I should let him know he is wasting his time lol.
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