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Old 01-17-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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I have a question

I have one African cichlid and it is a killing machine! It killed most of my tank mates and I can't add any new fish because he will kill them. I don't know why he is so aggressive and crazy ? Is it because my tank is a 30 g tall? Or is it because I fed him live food? I'm not sure so it's ok if you aren't but any tips could help !
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:04 PM   #2
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What tank makes do you have ? Africans can only be kept with Africans.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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What other fish did you have in there? And 30 gallon is a little small for African cichlids
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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You shouldn't be feeding them live food
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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You shouldn't be feeding them live food

Why? They can't eat live food?
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/feeding_mbuna.php

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Old 01-18-2014, 01:23 PM   #7
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Well I had a JD ( which was a mistake but he stayed managed for 3 years until, this one went on a killing spree. I also had a convict who is still living with the 2 Africans. I dont know the ur common names but these are the he scientifc names :
Metraclima estherae
Cynotilapia afra
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:27 PM   #8
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:31 PM   #9
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Convicts are overly aggressive so they usually do fine with Africans, I'm not too sure about JD's though.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:39 PM   #10
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The JD died a few months back but I introduced the the Africans after the dempsey was in the tank for 1 1/2 yrs
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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My Jacks are bully's. But they were established in the tank first and I can't put anything in there with it it's dead.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:36 PM   #12
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I skimmed the article, didn't see why it can't eat live food.

How big is the bully fish? Did you try getting a pair larger than him? A 30 is really small so be careful I think with cichlids whatever you put in there it's going to be a fight.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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I have a similar african cichlid as the one in the 2nd picture and he was hell I got him to calm down by taking him out and adding a fish specifically to take him out of dominance like and assassin basically except not deadly and rearranged the tank and put him back in and the new fish did its job then it lost all of its dominant spirit.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:37 PM   #14
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I have tried other Africans who were 1-2 in bigger than him and he still killed them. There isn't a lot of selection to put into my tank that will calm him down because the tank is only 30 g & I don't have a spare tank in my house.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:16 AM   #15
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30 is small... You may have to try to find him a companion same species or have only him.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:32 AM   #16
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I think that is my best plan just wait but he seems to be doing fine with the others except for a little bit of chasing here and there. Also I wanted to mention, the orange African stays by the filter or in the corner with his mouth out of the water. I have an aerator in the tank so why is he gulping air? Should this be something of concern?
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:06 PM   #17
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It's not good for any fish to be at a corner gasping for air could mean your need to better place your air line or he is just being bullied into the corner submission
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:12 PM   #18
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Ok as long as it's not like gill disease
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:18 PM   #19
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Diseases are harder to say check this chart out it hope it helps http://www.fishnet.org/sick-fish-chart.htm
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:23 PM   #20
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And I agree 30g is a bit small for Africans most agree anyway since your not planning to change id say 5 fish is your max you can try 7 or 8 maybe that's calms him Down you can put him in a breeder type tank. Rearrange the tank wait a day or so than release him see if that works if all else fails you can rehome him and start over or just keep the 3 you have and not add anything else also I always noticed feeding fish live always made them more aggressive just my own personal experience on that
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