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Mixed African Cichlids
Mixed African Cichlids
Mixed African Cichlids
update of my tank..since I last posted I changed filter to a Eheim 2028 and a Fluval 4+ internal- the Eheim has made a massive difference to the water quality..I can't recommend one enough.
The Eye-Biter has coloured up -took about 3 weeks from a dull silver to a bright blue with orange fins.
Have added a male rostratus - fully coloured up rostratus are in my opinion the most fantastic of all African Cichlids, mine has little colour but has just started to get a bit bossy in the tank and has developed darker markings and a hint of red and green on its body so I'm hoping this is the start of it gaining its full adult colour, also added a Cameroon Crab - beautiful red, purple and white - though it runs like lightning when it escapes, I have to use chop sticks to get it back in the tank...
posted by: ben veasey

Nov 21st, 2006
Views: 75396 Rated: (21 votes)

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Vincent Steen » posted 2006/11/21 04:34 pm
Wow! gorgeous fish! What size tank?
n- dogg » posted 2006/11/21 05:32 pm
todd johnson » posted 2006/11/21 11:45 pm
thats a great mix of fish!
leo pio » posted 2006/11/22 02:08 am
how big is your tank and how many fish do you have in it
ben veasey » posted 2006/11/22 04:40 am  
the tank is around 75US gallons with 25 fish - its 130cm / 51in long. Because the tank is busy I've got good filtration - a Eheim pro 2028 (for tanks up to 160 gallons) and an internal Fluval (for tanks up to 50 gallons). I do a couple of water changes a week as well.
Justin choi » posted 2006/11/22 06:01 pm
wow very nice one thing your tropheus... should not be in there. They are veggi eaters and dont need protein because it will kill them by bloat. One more thing whats that silver cichlid thats on the top left with black dots?
ben veasey » posted 2006/11/22 06:31 pm  
the tropheus is nearly 5 yrs old and is doing very well - its doubled in size since I have had him.. as long as you give a good varied diet - including the frozen blocks and spirulina, tropheus should be ok, it dosnt hurt to treat the whole tank with anti-bloat tablets now and then though, these tablets don't effect the bacteria in the tank.
The silver fish with black dots is a rostratus - when fully coloured they are the most stunning cichlid to have - metalic blue, black red and green...mine has just started to get a hint of red and green and the black is becoming more defined, fingers crossed its going to colour up - though they can be viscious when fully coloured.
Piscatorial Pastime » posted 2006/11/23 05:16 am
Very nice,i also have a mixed african tank with a tropheus pemba and have been told exactly what justin said,but the same as u ben i have no probs at all and i agree a crowded tank makes for less aggresion. Looks great.
Rob Burroughs » posted 2006/11/23 01:15 pm  
Excellent tank.
Maria Thomas » posted 2006/12/02 06:09 pm
post a pic of the crab!
Brad Crabtree » posted 2006/12/22 11:56 pm  
What is your fish list? What a beautiful combination of fish you have Ben.
Vu Q » posted 2009/08/22 08:26 pm
Excellent a blast from the past!!!!!!
mark wright » posted 2009/08/22 08:41 pm  
dont know why but it looks more like 8foot than 51" !!
mark wright » posted 2009/08/22 08:42 pm  
Never kept they not bite eyes then?
Aleksa Jankovic » posted 2010/01/02 04:09 pm
Svidja mi se MIX !
David-n-Kell Wilkey » posted 2010/03/02 03:33 pm
pretty tank! i love the rocks
Jeremy Weir » posted 2010/03/02 03:53 pm
Very cool also would like to see a picture of a crab?
rob fraz » posted 2010/08/28 08:34 pm  
whats that purple and white blotchy fish called in the front of the tank??? and how much gallons??
Chris Walker » posted 2010/08/28 08:42 pm
Since the tank is a 75 gallon...I would say that is a

OB Peacock

(hybrid) peacock
brad termolen » posted 2011/02/12 06:32 am  
no an eyebitter does not bite eye lol the name has nothing to do with the fish it does get alittle larger thank africans do and are carnivors and love to hunt. but when feed good they are just fine
brad termolen » posted 2011/02/12 06:38 am  
but if there are little fish and they have the chance they will go after them
Stefi Randjeva » posted 2011/02/12 07:05 am
Wes St. Jean » posted 2011/02/12 07:14 am
Lets see a new picture of this..
connie felix » posted 2011/10/05 12:30 am
wonderful setup
Dan Noon (m) » posted 2011/10/05 01:03 am
lar swel » posted 2011/12/30 12:44 pm
damn.. looks like a 220 gallon
Rick Thejerk » posted 2012/07/24 12:12 pm
ruben ruelas » posted 2012/10/12 12:13 am  
ruben ruelas » posted 2012/10/12 12:14 am
nico armin » posted 2013/03/20 03:52 pm

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Alexander Langer

Alexander Langer

cool, one of my favorites :)
Dee Casta

Its probably not a good idea if you have it in a tank with gourami & tetras
Dee Casta

Its a jack dempsey
Alexander Langer

as said in the other picture, could be true. Aquidens (blue acara) are know
Alexander Langer

wow, great colors, beautiful!
Alexander Langer

it's still small, but to me it seems as a blue acara is plausible. Wait unt