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Old 01-24-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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Female peacock passed today.

Got home from work today to find one of the female cichlids in my tank floating upside down. It appears the alpha male in the tank had literally badgered her to death. I may have to rehome him. It seems the bigger he gets the more defensive and aggressive he gets. Any suggestions? I am at a loss.
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My condolences on your loss.
It's not easy to lose a fish. We all put a lot of time, energy and love, into these elegant creatures.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear about the peacock. Just be sure that the alpha male is really the one responsible. I had falsely accused one of my rams for what was actually a fin rot outbreak.
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It's definitely him. Had to break it up a couple times. All seems calm the last two days. When I add any more I will try to ensure they are females. Once the five babies get big enough, only the females are going back in.
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Quick question for the experts. How many cichlids can I have in my 56 gallon tank? There are now eight in there with the loss of the female. All of the are about 4 inches now
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:28 AM   #10
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Quick question for the experts. How many cichlids can I have in my 56 gallon tank? There are now eight in there with the loss of the female. All of the are about 4 inches now
Hi,
It's not just a question of how many. It's also about your male to female ratio. What type of cichlids you have ? What are their origins?
From all my research depending on the above, the max is 15. But, it's best to give each of your male Cichlids their own little harem, 3-5 Females for each male. It helps to cut down on the badgering and violence.
Being semi-aggressive/aggressive fish, you can't eliminate the hostilities altogether. But you can take steps to minimize potential damage.
Along with the M:F ratio, you can make sure that your tank has more hiding places than male Cichlids.
I have 4 males and 10 individual hiding places. Each having it's own entrance and exit that's camouflaged to help them feel secure. If a fish is being picked on, they can escape out the back unmolested. I've had only one bad fight over territory that required removing the 2 males.
Then by rearranging the hiding places and putting the male Cichlids back into the tank at the same time has eliminated hostilities for now.
I know that this is a lot more than you asked for but, with Cichlids it's not just a quick question of how many.
Of your 8 Cichlids, how many are male? How many are female? What kind are they? If from Africa, which Lake?
Or are they from South America?
In some cases, if you have to many males, you may be able to exchange your male for a female. It depends on your LFS and how well they know you. But it's always worth a try.
I hope this somewhat answers your question.
To see why you want to do all you can to prevent your Cichlids from wanting to fight, I added a Cichlid picture for you.
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