thanks for the reply - really helpful. Apologies for the lateness myself but have been on hols!
The astatos are already a good size and are pretty much first in line for the regular food - surprising as i always heard it would be the opposite and that the victoria cichlids would be last in the queue when mixed with malawis...
i think what i'll do is try a block or two and see which ones take the most, keeping an eye on the veggies.
i was in an lfs the other day and saw some fish which looked exactly like these, called pseudotropheus saulosi. I looked in cichlid-forum and the male does indeed start yellow and change to a bluey colour. everything else looks about right so i am going to go with that...!
right, tank has been set up with water and media from the main tank, so I have put the female straight in (with a nice chunk of rock for her to hide in).
1. Should i introduce the male as well, for company, or is this a bad idea? 2. How long should I leave the adult(s) in there as well once she has dropped the fry? Will they try and protect them or try and eat them?
Hi all, I have a female Malawi Cichlid that has been holding for over a week now, and I want to get her into a quarantine tank so that we can save as much of the fry as possible. Usually when we have babies they are all gone pretty quickly.
My dad has a tank I can use but obviously it has not been cycled yet.
We have washed the filter (since the tank has been used before) and can fill it with water from the main tank, so my question is would this be safe to put the fish into? Will the fact that the water is already cycled mean that it is safe for the fish whilst the filter gets up to speed? Or is there a chance the filter itself will chuck out anything harmful into the water before the bacteria etc are established?
thanks both - i bought them at Almondsbury Garden Centre which is just outside of Bristol (near Cribbs Causeway for those of you who have visited that behemoth!).
Unfortunately it was getting on for a year ago and I can't remember for sure what the tank was labelled as, and there were about 3-4 different species in there. It was definitely some combination of golden/yellow lab/cichlid.
Incidently, the orange one you can just see the top of in the first pic is also a metriaclima (i think!) and the shape is very similar. I'll have a look down that route as well.