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Elongated Mbuna and Jewel Cichlid?

Postby jregan73 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:32 pm

Can a jewel cichlid be kept in the same tank as an elongated mbuna?
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Postby cjacob316 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:43 pm

jewels are one of those species that should probably be kept alone
see my tanks for details
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Postby mbuna77 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:09 pm

If kept alone what size tank would you recommend.
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Postby Fogelhund » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:50 pm

As single fish, they can be mixed without any real issues. When you have a pair of jewels, they can become very aggressive, but such behaviour amongst singles is rare. Of course, single fish rarely have the bright red the paired ones do.

They key is what is the size of the tank, dimensions are the most important. You cannot keep just two of these cichlids together, no matter the size of the aquarium.
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Postby jregan73 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:11 pm

The tank is 30 gallons, but they are both only an inch long at the moment and i have a 55 gallon to move them into, and the jewel is extremely aggressive and killed 2 yellow labs it was with previously.
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Postby Fogelhund » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:23 pm

If it is an aggressive specimen, return it to the store, or isolate it. Two or three fish are a problem with these types of cichlids, you should have at least 8-12 in a four foot tank, like a standard 55 gallon.
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Postby jregan73 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:33 pm

i plan on moving the mbuna into a 55 gallon and adding more i will isolate the jewel as soon as i can from what I've been watching the two fish are just staying away from eachother
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Postby torin32 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:36 am

As stated above 55g would be way better 30g is good for like 5 yellow labs and maybe one jewel but thats still not a great tank size 30 g are ok for rams or smaller mbuna but not inn great numbers and not ideal keeping conditions. I think 55g is a minimm for africans thats just my opinion. Good luck hit up kijiji or craigs list for used tanks 55g are everywere for really cheap. I got my 130g with canopy and stand for 400 bucks.
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