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#1 mrs winchester

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 03:26 AM

A few of my hard lessons:

1. Thinking that a Jaguar a quarter of the size of the other fish in the tank would work in the short term while awaiting a bigger tank is kidding yourself. (Geez these guys get aggressive small!!!)

2. Trying to net your full grown oscar right next to your T.V, DVD and other various electrical appliances will probably end in tears. lol2.gif (And a fair bit of cleaning up.)


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#2 Hippiechick

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:08 PM

I've learned that each cichlid, regardless of what the text book says about their demeanor and aggression level, they are each individuals just as human are. There are no hard and fast stereo-typical behaviors when it comes to these fish.

I have to agree with number 2. I get wet, very wet every time I try to move an Oscar (or other similarly sized cichlid) And I believe they delight in doing so, all that splashing and thrashing about they do!

#3 Jeremy

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 12:24 AM

Don't buy a German Blue Ram because the LFS employee tells you they are easy to keep.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:24 AM

That heaters must smell like food sader1.gif

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 09:52 AM

I've learned that even though the 'experts' say a fish isn't sexually mature until they are __"'s (in this case insert 5-6) that they can and will breed at 2.5 - 3" just to prove everyone wrong and because they can.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:14 AM

Don't miss feedings if you like your plants.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:55 PM

The biggest thing I can think of giving advice to someone, is to never assume a combo of Cichlids is going to work. We all have found out the hard way that they are all individual personalities. That in a way, is part of the draw, I think, to findly accomplish a combo that works. thumb5.gif

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:40 PM

The biggest thing I learned in keeping cichlids ?

THIS IS ONE EXPENSIVE HOBBY !

OH and If you think you can keep a Cichla long term because you have a 125. YOU CAN'T !

Edited by cichlidfinder, 12 September 2008 - 09:43 PM.


#9 Gerry

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 03:25 PM

thing I learned is don't let the little guys (apistos and such) fool you into thinking you can keep a group in a smaller space, these guys are just as territorial as the big ones.

EBJD's when small have a high mortality rate, I've lost 6 of 6,,look to be doing well then suddenly stop eating scratchhead1.gif

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 04:54 PM

I learned that convicts are VERY PROLIFIC BREEDERS! Geesh! On their second batch! There last batch was about a month ago. THe first batchis about 1/2 to 5/8 inches now. The new borns are about 1/4 long. And they destroy live plants! ARGH! Lets not get started with the baby crayfish that grew like green giant in 2 weeks! They detroyed all my live plants in my 55 with guppies!

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 08:06 AM

LMAO @ Bob! Didn't you know convicts are the rabbits of the cichlid world? And you just can't do live plants with cichlids. If they don't eat them, they kill them by rearranging the tank the way they want it. Hehehehe, hope you have something that will like snacking on baby cons.


Hmmm, another thing I've learned, for every fish I have there are 10 more I would love to keep and can't.
And that convicts are the rabbits of the cichlid world.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 08:47 AM

I've learned that eating your own children doesn't seem as bizarre to P. scalare as it does to humans.

However, after enjoying the unique personalities of my angelfish and watching them raise their fry as long as they did, I've realized that, having kept cichlids, I'll probably never be interested in keeping most common community tropical fish again.

I've also learned that the cichlids I would like most to keep are always tank-busters that end up in the "some day" category.




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