General African Cichlid Discussion • goby and african cichlids

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Postby Dave » Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:21 pm

What cichlids?
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Postby F8LBITEva » Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:46 am

your fish are Mbuna, you might be able to sneak a goby in there but it will get harrassed by your fish. The last picture is an Elec. Johanni and they can be nasty!
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Postby cichlidaholic » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:32 am

I wouldn't put a goby in that tank. This is going to be a very aggressive stock mix that you have, and I think it would be far too stressful for a goby.

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Postby Dave » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:19 pm

I have to agree. My experience is that Gobies do not fair well with boisterous mbuna. Oddly enough they do very well with Tropheus.
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Postby cichlidaholic » Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:13 pm

I had a trio of gobies in with my Tropheus. When I sold my Tropheus, the buyer only wanted a pair of the gobies, so I was left with one. I tried him in several different tanks with different levels of aggression (mbuna) and she remained stressed, no matter where I moved her.

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Postby Darkside » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:13 am

Are you talking about a goby cichlid.... or an actual goby?
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Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:39 am

The fish you have will "mess with the sand" plenty when they mature.

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Postby MalawiLover » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:32 am

To put a name to your fish (to help yyou in the future)
#1 Hard to tell due to the color of the pic, but is very likley either a Nimbochromis venustus or Nimbichromis livingstoni (will be a big fish and will need a larger tank)

#2 Melanochromis auratus-look male by the coloration (very aggresive, nasty fish)

#3 My first guess would be a female or juvenile male Melanochromis johanni (faint stripe)

#4 another Melanochromis auratus (could be female or just young-juveniles of both sexes look the same)

#5 Either a male Melanochromis johanni (juveniles and females are orange) or a Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos (both sexes are blue)

This is a very aggressive group of fish. Once they mature, you aer going to have your hands full. It is recomended not to keep these species in anything smaller than a 4ft (75g) tank.
125gMale peacocks/haps
95g-Malawi Mbuna
55g-Mixed community
30g-x2 Grow out
12.5g-Fry
IS YOUR DECHLORINATOR WORKING??
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Postby Dewdrop » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:09 am

Newbies don't sound stupid...just not educated alot on fish yet :thumb: .
I'm surprised that male auratus (pic #2) isn't causing trouble already. Keep an eye on him.
I have 3 auratus in my 55g. tank. that I got when they were real small. Recently 2 of them started changing color, getting darker, showing they are male. The one male harassed the other male real bad and ended up chewing off his tail before I got him removed. He's in a hospital tank now growing back his tail and now the mean male is starting to give the female a hard time. Both males and maybe the female too will be going back to the LFS.
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