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cichlidl0ver
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Hi all.
I/m relativly new to the hobby of fish keeping, but I've decided I want to keep cichlids. I've done my research and bought 3 Neolampologus brichiani aswell as 2 fossil fish and a mbuna. The only problem is that my mbuna of 4" does nothing but sit in the back of his cave with the catfish all day! He'll sit there for 4 hours and will only come out when i put food in and turn out the light. I have a 8 gallon tank with the whole back a rck face. I will post pictures later today. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Post InfoPosted 18-Nov-2009 13:04Profile PM Edit Report 
Shinigami
 
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A 4" fish has no business being in a tank as small as 8 gallons. I'm not familiar with mbuna but the inactivity may be due to the extremely small tank size. Now if that was a typo and you meant 80 gallons, then I'm not sure why the mbuna might be acting that way.

You mention being relatively new; is the tank still cycling? That could certainly cause unusual behavior.

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Post InfoPosted 19-Nov-2009 08:28Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
keithgh
 
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cichlidl0ver

I dont know how you have done your research the information you are working on is totally incorrect.
To start of with that 8gal is not a 8gal any way because of the rocks and backing.

That tank is way to small for that type or any large type of fish.

I would also be interested if you have cycled the tank. If you did cycle it what are all the parameter readings, plus how were these reading done.

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Post InfoPosted 19-Nov-2009 08:36Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
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Yeah, sounds like you the poor guy doesn't have much more water than the bag you would have brought him home in.

Get a bigger tank. 4X2X2 is a nice medium size tank.
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cichlidl0ver
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Sorry i meant to say it was an 18 gallon tank and im upgrading to 40 next month. My tank is done cycling I had had it running for about a month, just to be careful. My thermostat is at 77F. But i think he was just getting used to the aquarium this morning he was being very energetic.
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A 40 gallon will be much better; an 18 gallon is too small for all of those fish.

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Be very very careful. The tank is too small, but if that is what you've got and it is temporary, then one of the ways you can ensure better water quality is to cut feeding down to a tiny little bit every 2-3 days. Make sure the filter is on 24/7, and get that 40G ASAP

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cichlidl0ver
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thanks everyone for the ideas. Im currently looking into fire bellid newts to keep with my mbuna. Will he eat them, or will theyre be any problems? Also i remeasured my mbuna. Hes 3' inches long; I measured wrong (DOH!>.< So now I have no idea why he wont come out and say hello.
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Fish are opportunistic eaters. If the newts will fit into the fish's mouth... It will be dinner.

I have a firebellied newt. You have to remember that the newt can become terrestial. Be prepared to have a separate tank for the newts.

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cichlidl0ver
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Thanks for the info.
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