New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

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Hey guys,

Just thought I would share my recently purchased 110 UK Gallon (132 US) aquarium. Dimensions 72(L) x 24(H) x 18(W)



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robham7770 replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

Really nice tank. Did the stock come with it?
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No, I had some of the stock from my previous aquarium, and have added the venustus, dimidiochromis, synodontis cats and the frontosa to this one.
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Chris-gashead replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

I would like to add some Altolamprologus calvus to the tank. Is this likely to be a problem with my current stock?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

Venustus and Fronts get quite large, and are aggressive to begin with.


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My Fronts are pretty docile, but the Venustus is a bit of a bully towards my other Venustus. I made a mistake of thinking my larger Venustus was a female when in fact it was a male, without any blue colouration. As soon as I added the new male, my bigger Venustus face started to turn blue! Typical lol.
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Chris-gashead replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

Do I have two male aulonocara jacobfreibergi? I assume females would be dull in colour (ie silver). Both fish seem to be fighting a bit lately, with lots of lip locking and torn fins..... I do have a couple of dull coloured hybrid aulonocara in the tank (possibly females), which could be causing it?



What is the best way to control the aggression with these two? Add more females or would that cause even more aggression?

Thanks for any advice
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Zax replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

Yep, those two are definitely Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi males(Specifically the Eureka Red variety). With them both being the same exact species, and obviously male, they will fight regardless of whether there are females or not. Both are similar in size and color and coupled with the fighting, which means they likely have yet to sort out dominance between them. They will continue to fight until this is settled. When these fish begin to mature and really start coloring in well, they will start establishing themselves and their territories in the tank. In an all male tank, you would simply wait and see first. Eventually they will sort it out, or you'll have to move one out if it becomes too brutal.

When you have females(It doesn't even have to be the same species, since these guys will hybridize) it's a whole new ball game. If I could have a video or picture of the dull fish in question, I could probably identify their genders for you. When you have females in a tank with males, not only will you see aggression towards other males, but also to those females eventually. When males start to spawn, they will fight for spawning places more often. Females will be chased, and sometimes can get pretty beaten up. If you do have a few dull fish that you suspect to be females, and you find out they are, then you should do everything you can to curb the aggression in the tank:

-Rearrange! Though it may seem annoying, rearranging the aquascape causes confusion between the fish and they forget about fighting while they check everything else out. This is only a temporary fix though because they will settle in again.
-Keep the temperature lower. What is the temperature in your tank? Higher temperatures heighten the fishes immune systems and will cause more aggression. Keeping the tank at around 78 or so is an ideal temperature for a particularly aggressive tank of africans. You'll also find your fish won't foul up the water as quickly either.
-If you don't mind spawning in the tank, put in at least two females per every male. Adding females will ensure that there are enough to go around for both of them and should not up aggression.
-If your filtration can handle it, get more fish. The best way to curb African cichlid aggression is to flood your tank with fish. That's it. It will create so much chaos that the fish won't be able to make territories and all you'll see in the tank is occasional chasing and nips. The reason this works: Not all species of africans have the same niche. By having a wide variety of fish in the tank that do different jobs(Sand dwellers, rock dwellers, open swimmers, etc) and occupy different places in the tank, you have a large number of fish that aren't all fighting over the same place. That's why these fish can live in such crowded conditions. Plus a full tank of africans looks absolutely gorgeous.

Hope these tricks will help! Those are both gorgeous males!
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Chris-gashead replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

Thanks for the info! Here are some photos of what I believe to be female







Water temp is 24 degrees (76)
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Zax replied the topic: New African aquarium (mostly Malawi)

The second one is female for sure. The third one is female as well. The first is a male that, again, is sub dominant, or has not yet colored in all the way. You'll notice in your tank some males will be much brighter in color than others. The brighter fish are the more dominant males and the duller fish are sub dominant.
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