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Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:04 pm

I have lost 3 fish. My kandeense (unknown reason), C. Trewavse (HITH), and Oto Tetrastigma (failure to thrive). I picked up a Turkis and was wondering if i ahould pick up 1 or 2 more to add back in. I have read that it is tough to integrate 1 new fish into a cichlid tank. Any thoughts or ideas and the best way?
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby DJRansome » Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:22 pm

Definitely add three or more at a time. Also quarantine them for 3 weeks in a separate tank.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby noki » Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:47 pm

Yes, adding multiple fish will spread the attention around instead of concentrating on one scared newcomer.

Adding sexually mature fish can be tricky, sometimes no problem, sometimes you have a dead fish by the next day. Adding a mature male is seen by the resident fish as a challenge to the pecking order, so it can be instant confrontation. Adding a mature female can result in the males harassing the newcomer, the are excited to see a new female. Juveniles can be easier, since kids are ignored beyond token chasing, as long as they don't fit into the mouth easily.

Watch out for the common "bloat" disease, you may not notice but fish stop eating and become lethargic then die.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:10 pm

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:11 pm

Any suggestions for peacocks or haps that color up well in all male set ups?
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby DJRansome » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:45 pm

Depends on what other haps/peacocks you have. Why did the Oto fail to thrive? Why did the kandeense die?
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:40 pm

I think the kandeense was attacked and the oto had a parasite. He had clamped fins and was quite emaciated. I had him.in qt for months. Treated him with metro and prazipro. Fed a mix of nls, medicated flakes, and mysis shrimp.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:28 am

I'm going to guess the other haps and peacocks were maybe more aggressive than the oto and kandeense who are or can be quite timid.

Depending on what other species you have, you might do better avoiding the timid guys.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:20 am

Protomelas Taeniolatus Red Empress
A. Suartgranti Chiwindi Neon Blue Dorsal
A. Maulona Bi color 500
A. Koningsi Mbenji
A. stuartgranti Cobue Regal Blue
A. Suartgranti Ngara Flametail Peacock
A. Maylandi Sulfur Head
A. sp. German Red Peacock
Dragon Blood
A. Baenschi Sunshine Peacock
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:27 am

These are the other residents.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:07 pm

How big is the tank? I usually like 72" for empress. It would impact the recommendations for additions.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:18 pm

48in 75g. Red empress currently 3in. Plans to sell when it gets a little bigger
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:49 pm

That is one of your more aggressive fish, along with the dragon blood. So if you plan to get rid of them, now might be a good time.

Turkis, Acei, Yellow Lab.
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby Kdizzle » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:19 pm

Those are interesting! Anyone have other suggestions?
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Re: Adding new fish to an established aquarium.

Postby forkman » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:03 pm

Acei and Yellow Labs would be a great choice. Those are some of the most easy going fish out there.
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