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Offline pwil3150

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Mixed Africans?
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:15:51 AM »
Hi all, relatively new to this forum, just wondering why people do not usually mix cichlids? I've had tangs, mbuna,  haps and peacocks mixed in one tank for over two years and they all seem great, obviously I've had a few beaten up along the way but surely that's the norm

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Offline Fishboy

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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2016, 10:13:28 AM »
Its not that it never or can't work, it's easier to manage the fish if they are kept in their respective groups. Compatibility in regards to temperament, diet, habitat, etc etc all help the fish to do better long term. They are more likely to show colour better, behave more naturally and even live longer. As they say, "it's the little things that make the difference".
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Offline gdjewett

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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2016, 01:09:18 PM »
I had good luck keeping Brichardi's and Julidochromis with mbuna years ago. When I got back in the hobby 2 years ago I tried a couple peacocks with mbuna and it did not work, so I have a nice variety of mbuna.

Offline Bandicoot

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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2016, 02:07:24 PM »
differences in diet and aggression levels are prob the two biggest reasons. opinions vary on this matter but imo you dont get optimal results with mixed tanks. especially when mixing peacocks with mbuna. thriving is far different than surviving. im of the mind set that just because you can doesnt necessarily mean you should.

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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2016, 02:55:43 PM »
Yeah I agree! It's probably a 6% success rate with this kind of mix


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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2016, 12:19:13 AM »
Its not that it never or can't work, it's easier to manage the fish if they are kept in their respective groups. Compatibility in regards to temperament, diet, habitat, etc etc all help the fish to do better long term. They are more likely to show colour better, behave more naturally and even live longer. As they say, "it's the little things that make the difference".
Hit the nail on the head


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Re: Mixed Africans?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2016, 12:26:39 AM »
Hi all, relatively new to this forum, just wondering why people do not usually mix cichlids? I've had tangs, mbuna,  haps and peacocks mixed in one tank for over two years and they all seem great, obviously I've had a few beaten up along the way but surely that's the norm

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First off, Welcome to ACH. Please stop over to the New Members section and tell us a little about you and your tank/tanks.
Second, I agree with Alex (Fishboy) on stocking issues. Although they all live in the lake together, they have an "endless" amount of space to co-exist. Our tanks just aren't big enough to create separate "areas" for them to call their own.
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