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First off I would like to say Hello everyone! This pond started off as a home for some turtles I had, then it housed 8 oscars. A few months ago I threw about 10 assorted cichlids in there and now they are breeding. The pond is 20'x10' with the deep end approx. 4'




If anyone could identify these I would appreciate it.

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Looks like an aratus cichlid to me. Do you live in an arid climate or do you have to take the cichlids out in the winter?
 

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I live in central FL, but in the winter I might have to add some sort of heater. Im not going to even think about catching all of those fish by hand. There are at least 20-25 of those babies swimming in and out of all the rocks.
 

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I think your right. I was looking at other pics of the Auratus cichlids and thats what I have. The fews males I have are a lot darker than the females.
 

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When they mature the males more or less "flip" their color almost like in a film negative.
 

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How did those turtles work out? I tried that once outside with a kiddie pool and they took off for the nearest body of water when I turned my head!
 

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I envy you. That's a nice looking pond. I would love to have a pond like yours. Do you have it filtered and if so what kind of filter? The closest thing I have for a pond is a 300-gallon Rubbermaid stock tank with a fountain and rocks piled around it. I only have plants in it because in upstate New York winters seem to last for 6 months. Even the plants have to come out. My property is so rocky digging an inground pond would be a nightmare. Any way, that's a great pond you have.
 

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748johnd said:
My property is so rocky digging an inground pond would be a nightmare.
Right where the center of the pond is, there used to be a full grown orange tree. I had a tough time ripping all the roots out and reforming the dirt.
edit: and as for the filter I have a screen in front of the skimmer box to keep the turtles out. In the skimmer box there is a 2" think filter, then the bio falls contains three more of the filter mats and three mesh bags of lava rock.
 
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