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Old 03-15-2014, 06:37 AM   #1
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Help me correct my mistakes please

I've done the unspeakable...I blindly chose fish from a "mixed mbuna" tank. I would really like to find out which, if any, of my cichlids will be compatible as adults. First, I need your help identifying them. I'm prepared to do what needs to be done to have a healthy mix of cichlids, even though returning some will break my heart.(Maybe I'll set up more tanks instead! Lol)

Ok, so these are my guesses...keep in mind I'm new to this and going by pictures and lists.
My guess for #1 is m. Johanni(male) and #2 looks a lot like m. Johanni(female) [although these are barely over 2"...?]
#3 I'm drawing a blank; #4 looks like maybe a red zebra.
Unfortunately, it seems #5 is the big bad Melanochromis auratus, whom I've read some awful things about. Surprisingly, mine is quite peaceful so far...though I realize it's probably because they're all still so young.

So, now let me have it! Fuss at me and tell me I've been an irresponsible fish parent! I can take it! But also help me if you can!

Thanks!!!!

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Old 03-15-2014, 06:40 AM   #2
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Pics continued...

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Old 03-15-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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I think you first to prediction are right?
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:25 AM   #4
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1 looks like the johanni or perileucos to me, and 5 is the auratus. I'd say def only one of the 2 species, they just don't gel well when kept together in my opinion. 3 could be an ice blue greshakei juvenile, moderately aggressive but should be fine with your mix.
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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+1 sad is problems more experienced then me
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:32 AM   #6
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Help me correct my mistakes please

2 or 4 could be a kenyi but I'm not sure. I think your mix will be fine so long as you don't keep the perileucos with the auratus, one or the other. At least they all Mbuna.
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I thinks three is a kenyi and 1 almost looks like one to
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:40 AM   #8
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They will all be fine together you can almost put any Africans together I've done it my tank is mbuna and Victorians and one South American they get along just fine, cichlids are aggressive s by nature, they fight a lot and chase each other, just add more fish and rocks and feed them just a little bit a few times a day to keep aggression down, make sure to have good filtration

Try to stay away from the really agressive ones, my flameback Hap is the boss of my tank he can be a real pain lol I just move around the rocks and change up the scenery a lot because they like to claim half the tank as theirs and push everyone else in the corner, cichlids are bully's just pay attention to them.
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Thanks guys! I really appreciate all your input! I woke up to a very unexpected and sad sight...my solid yellow guy is dead! He has been my bully(eating the fin off the "johanni"), but I sure didn't want him gone! I'm in panic mode...gonna test my water parameters and see what's up. I'll let y'all know.


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Thanks guys! I really appreciate all your input! I woke up to a very unexpected and sad sight...my solid yellow guy is dead! He has been my bully(eating the fin off the "johanni"), but I sure didn't want him gone! I'm in panic mode...gonna test my water parameters and see what's up. I'll let y'all know.


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has you tank already cycled? or is it all brand new?
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