First Attempt with Cichlids

Over the weekend, I bought 9 cichlids from QianHu to replace the goldfishes we had lost. Judging from their appearances, they should belong to the Mbuna Cichlids species, residing in Lake Malawi, Africa.

After some research, the species that I have now are Auratus (Melanochromis auratus), Electric Yellow Labido (Labidochromis caeruleus), but the plain white cichlids are still unidentifiable.

Even though mine is a 2ft tank, I decided to overstock the tank a little to spread out any possible aggression. Also, since their natural habitat is rocky with little plants, I try to setup a rockscape similar to it.

Went down to Aquastar this evening to buy some rocks. In the end I only bought two rocks, with the rest picked up from the roadside, which looked safe enough to be used:

I then scrubbed and washed them before putting them in piece by piece, trying to create as many hiding places as possible while making them look natural.

The plants were already in the tank prior to the cichlids, so I decided to include them in to provide some shade and greenery. Although the fishes are plant eaters in nature, so far they haven’t been eating off any of the leaves.

So far here’s the simple rockscape created for them. Looking forward to some algae growing on the rocks so they will look more natural, and the fishes can graze them for food.

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2 Responses

  1. It’s a great setup you have there. However a 2ft tank is certainly not enough for those species. Yellow Labs and Melanochromis auratus will get to about 5 – 5.5″. In addition the Auratus are very aggressive. I would suggest a 55 or 75 gallon tank as soon as they get bigger.

    If the white mystery cichlid is african (mbuna) I think it is either a Labidochromis Caeruleus “Nkhata Bay” (White Lab) or some sort of Albino. Would be great to see a pic.

  2. This person is an idiot.

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