I Wanna Start Breeding African Cichlids Fish, Any Ideas? ?
- BortLv 62 months ago
I've been keeping Cichlids since 1998. They're my favorite breed of fish. You have to be careful with which ones you get is the thing. All Cichlids are agressive to a degree. Some are extremely agressive and others are only agressive if provoked or their territory has been invaded or during mating practices. You really have to do your homework to figure out which Cichlids can be in the same tank, and which need to be either alone in their own tank or in a tank with a few of their own species, not in a community tank.
Here are the species I have:
- Jack Dempseys. These are my favorite. They don't take no crap but they can and do live in community tanks with all kind of other species (except any kind of feeder fish unless it's a very large goldfish compared to them).
- Malawi / Mbuna. These are generally small breeds, Most don't grow to be larger than 3 or 4 inches but the ones I've had are nut cases. I have an orange one I call Knevil in with my largest (8-10 inch) dempseys and the malawi raises hell with the Dempsey's. She keeps the tank entertaining because she's suicidal the way she attacks the larger fish for no reason that could easily eat her with one chomp - if they caught her. She's too fast is what has kept her alive now for 3 years. I have, I lost actual count, around 30 of these. They're absolutely beautiful and their behavior is interesting. They're extremely intelligent and each individual has their own personality (and color patterns of course).
- Sheep Heads. Yes, one of the many invasive species commonly found in Florida. I only have one and she's in my largest tank with my largest fish but she's very cool. Also not insanely aggressive but she doesn't take any crap either.
- Convict Cichlids. These are quite aggressive in groups but one to 4 in a community tank shouldn't be that bad of a situation for other species of fish.
This video doesn't show it too well but they have a red flap under their jaw/gills that they flare up as a warning someone's going to get their butt kicked.
- Oscars. These things are from my experience one of the most dosile species of Cichlid. They're almost never aggressive even when they're attacked unless they're in mating mode. When they're considering mating they will create a den and everyone else is made fully aware they're to stay out of that area.
- Red Devil. This is another one of my personal favorite species of Cichlid. Their name fits (although they're orange). I've learned that not all fish are the same. I have 2 in the community tank with up to 5" dempseys and other cichlids but I also have 2 others that cause all kinds of fight choas and have to be in their own tank by them selves. They can be extremely territorial, and extremely aggressive.
- Electric Blue. I only have one of these but he is my prize fish. I wanted one so I got one because of their amazing blue color. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp4aQgPOL8g
Quite a few African Cichlids can live fairly peacefully (don't expect too many dull moments) with other kinds of fish, too. I also have an albino channel catfish in my largest tank with my largest Dempsey's. In a large enough tank that has plenty of different kinds of fish some breeds of Cichlids can even live with feeder type fish if there's enough of them and they don't waltz in to the kitchen.
- ZotsRuleLv 72 months ago
I think you should first focus on learning basic sentence structure. You Don't Capitalize Every Single Effing Word. This is how you type, moron.
- noselessmanLv 72 months ago
All breeding fish, but especially cichlids are going to be aggressive. A tank set up with just the mom and dad would be ideal for some, required for others. Do you have a plan for all the fry? Angel fish breed prolifically, discus would be awesome!
Opps, sorry, i forgot you specified African cichlid species.
- 2 months ago
Oscars are far tastier.
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- Jack HLv 72 months ago
Mbuna are actually very easy to breed, providing they have a big enough tank with hiding places for the females when they're mouth brooding, get a book about them try it, they're very tolerant fish too, almost bomb proofSource(s): Over the years, I've bred thousands of Mbuna and hundreds from L. Tanganyika
- audreyLv 72 months ago
Googled them. They are gorgeous. But it says they're aggressive and somewhat difficult to breed. Good luck.