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Old 07-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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Introducing new cichlids to a tank

Is there anything I should or shouldn't be doing when putting new cichlids into my tank. Other than what you would normally do when putting any new fish in a tank
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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I just float my cichlids for a hour. Then add water on slow increments for 30 minutes (all without lights on) then I release them and let the territory decisions begin lol
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As long as u have hiding spots and don't mix species (such as South Americans with Africans), you should be fine
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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Is there anything I should or shouldn't be doing when putting new cichlids into my tank. Other than what you would normally do when putting any new fish in a tank
If your doing all Africans or all South Americans, just float them for 30min, pour them out of the lfs bag into your net over the sink letting all their water go down the drain, and gently release em into your tank and x2 on the hiding spot and decision making lol
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When adding new cichlids to an already established tank I move decor around to break up territories. Since cichlids are territorial, and by moving things around, you are breaking up their boundries and no one has a territory. The new ones are accepted easier because no one has their own spot.

Sometimes, just doing a water change and shifting sand/substrate around works just as well.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #6
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When adding new cichlids to an already established tank I move decor around to break up territories. Since cichlids are territorial, and by moving things around, you are breaking up their boundries and no one has a territory. The new ones are accepted easier because no one has their own spot.

Sometimes, just doing a water change and shifting sand/substrate around works just as well.
Well I've just done a water change and moved everything round to add more caves for them in the form of plant pots and I'm putting some new fish in, in the morning is that ok
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Just out of interest what would happen if I mixed Africans with Americans because I already have Africans but have seen some nice firemouths
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its never advised to mix africans and south americans
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its never advised to mix africans and south americans
I understand that but why?
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I understand that but why?
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