Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-18-2019, 10:16 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1
Cichlids sense

Can someone pls explain something that doesn’t really make sense to me?
I have an African cichlids tank as well as a South American cichlids tank.
Question: There’s SO MUCH info & advice for “tank mates” & etc. BUT if all fish are tank bred & raised how do they even know who they ‘like’ or ‘do not like’? I can understand that some types of fish may be more aggressive than others but entire species that are simply from different countries just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Right now I have a 1 inch baby/juvenile convict cichlid in a breeding netted area in my African tank w/5 free swimming S. Americans & they show no interest in him at all. So how do fish recognize that others are from “the wrong side of the tracks” so to say (or with Africans that other tank mates initially came from separate lakes)?? Thanx to anyone that can make sense of this.
__________________

__________________
Gemma709499 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2019, 12:08 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
King Fisher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Nevada
Posts: 2,531
I think the main concern is that they require different water parameters and have different temperaments. Generally speaking, Africans are more aggressive. Although, I've heard of a group of convicts ganging up on Africans and killing them.

I personally think the biggest hurdle is the difference in habitat and behavior between the two. Instinctually, I don't think you can get around that. If you were going to attempt it I would pick species that are similar in size and aggression. Add them as juveniles and give them a large tank.

Africans a lot of times are overstocked in tanks to curb aggression. SA's are generally kept in smaller numbers to curb aggression. This is another hurdle in keeping the two together.
__________________

__________________
King Fisher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2019, 08:22 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict


 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 2,251
Mother Nature provides her creatures with gentic predispositions & tendencies. That includes aquarium fish. For example a wild Lake Malawi predatory Hap such as a Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus will actively hunt & consume any fish that will fit in its mouth. The same is true for the Fusco's hatchery raised counterparts that have never seen a wild Fusco.
Some keepers have temporary success mixing old world & new world cichlids, but it usually doesn't end well.
__________________
V227 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2019, 03:06 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: The peoples republic of Oregon
Posts: 4
Trial and error is the way I go. Probably shouldn't put Mbunas and Peacocks in same tank. Even though the "Pros" say dont mix different continents, I have a Pictus cat in with my Peacocks. Worked out good for me.
__________________
Smiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cichlid, cichlids, ich

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ammonia stumped! Do these results make sense? afishoutofh2o Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 9 06-10-2005 03:45 PM
Common Pleco - not so common sense lmw80 Show Off/Photography 3 12-20-2004 10:41 PM
the chemistry doesn't make sense...... mgkaelen Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 15 11-27-2004 05:32 PM
Does this lighting make sense?? reefobsessed Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 03-30-2004 09:50 PM
Does this make sense? vermonter310 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 3 03-24-2004 04:24 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.