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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 2:03 pm Post subject: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Hello  Friends!
 
 I  have  been  keeping  a  3  ft.  Mabuna  tank  for  almost  9  months.  Most  of  the  fish  keeps  hiding  under  the  rocks.  They  seem  to  be  active  when  no  one  is  around,  but  a  sudden  movement  or  sound  would  make  make  them  run  for  cover.  I  thought  adding  more  fish  would  solve  the  problem.  It  is  still  the  same.  
 
 Friends  please  suggest  a  solution  for  this.  
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 3:53 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 How  many  mbunas  do  you  have?  They  can  be  a  bit  afraid  at  times..Try  and  introduce  some  small  fishes  like  tetras  or  guppies...Once  they  get  accustomed,  they  are  great  to  watch..
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 4:00 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 I  keep  a  0  watt  bulb  on  when  I  am  at  home  and  there  are  activites  around  the  tank.  
 U  may  want  to  cover  one  side  (along  with  the  back  ground)...
 
 If  you  give  them  stone  they  will  hide  and  make  their  nest  so  it  is  very  natural  for  them.  Try  as  hrishi  said.  may  introduce  a  small  pleco  or  yellow  apple  snail.
 
 Anyone  else  keeping  mbuna  on  the  forum?  like  to  listen  more.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 5:46 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Thank  you  Friends!
 
 @hrishi007
 Got  16  mbuna  altogether.  Introduced  10  fish  yesterday  only.  Will  not  these  mbunas  kill  those  guppies?
 
 @Amazonian2010
 Mine  entire  aquarium  is  on  a  timer.  light  goes  on  and  off  for  every  2  hours.  Is  it  because  the  house  is  vacant(no  movement  during  the  day  -   from  9-7)
 One  thing  for  sure  is  if  we  remove  some  rocks,  they  will  have  no  place  to  hide  and  start  swimming.  But  they  love  rocks  and  I  am  not  going  to  remove  the  rocks.
 
 If  I  post  a  FTS  you  will  see  only  the  rocks  Chuckle  
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:38 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 mbunas  will  definitely  get  rid  of  guppies  and  tetra  in  a  hurry...  i  saw  your  other  post  and  it  seems  like  you  got  some  of  the  most  peaceful  amongst  the  mbuna..  electric  yellow  and  Acei  are  not  very  aggressive  except  among  themselves  if  too  many  males.
 
 If  you  are  keen  to  draw  them  out  you  can  try  some  dithers..  ideally  tiger  barbs,  silver  dollars,  zebra  danio  are  quick  and  can  keep  the  mbuna  busy.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 5:21 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Hello  Friends,
 
 Thank  you  for  the  suggestions.  It  has  almost  been  a  week  since  the  new  fish  were  introduced,  the  aceis  electric  yellow  and  demansonis  are  getting  used  to.  I  mean  they  no  more  hide  if  I  go  near  the  tank.  The  Red  zebras  are  still  the  same.  I  think  lot  of  movements  around  the  Tank  during  Saturday  and  Sunday  have  made  the  fish  little  comfortable.  The  Red  zebras  come  out  of  their  hiding  places  while  feeding  or  while  the  aquarium  lights  are  switched  off.  They  don't  seem  to  like  bright  light.  I  have  fixed  14  watts  2  feet  havels  tubelight.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:23 am Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 There  are  few  point  given  below  please  update  them  so  that  we  are  work  on  your  issue.
 
 1.  Is  there  any  dominant  fish  in  your  tank.
 2.  What  size  is  your  tank.
 3.  What  are  the  fishes  u  have  in  your  tank.
 4.  What  soil  used.
 5.  Food  which  is  being  used.
 6.  Share  me  few  snaps.
 
 Will  share  my  tank  snaps  or  video  in  some  time.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:47 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Hello  Purushotham!
 
 As  mentioned  in  my  previous  post  ,  the  fish  have  adapted  to  my  aquarium  setup.  I  even  hand  feed  them  (place  the  fish  food  in  my  palm  and  insert  into  the  aquarium).  All  the  fish  come  and  nibble  the  fish  food.   Great  to  watch  them  Very Happy  Got  some  pics  taken  using  mobile  phone.
 
 To  answer  your  questions   Smile  
 
 1.  Is  there  any  dominant  fish  in  your  tank.   -  yes  (  Red  Zebra)
 2.  What  size  is  your  tank.  -  3  feet  
 3.  What  are  the  fishes  u  have  in  your  tank.   -  All  Mbuna
 4.  What  soil  used.  -  Pool  Filter  sand
 5.  Food  which  is  being  used.  -  Hikari  Cichlid  Excel
 6.  Share  me  few  snaps.  -  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 FTS
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:12 pm Post subject: Re: Mbuna hiding All the time! Reply with quote

 Hi  Agnelo,
 
 As  per  you  post  they  look  cool,  but  the  reason  why  they  are  hiding  is  because  of  there  are  lot  of  rocks  in  your  tank,  they  are  not  able  to  swim  freely.  As  per  the  snaps  they  are  about  4  inch  +  correct  me  if  i  am  wrong.  Do  not  give  them  to  much  of  hiding  spaces.
 
 1.  Remove  few  rock.
 2.  Rescape  the  setup  with  very  little  rocks.
 3.  Add  more  fishes  into  your  tank.
 
 This  is  what  i  has  done  with  my  Tank.  Hope  this  helps  more  info  call  me  on  my  cell....No  is  signature.
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