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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jaguar Cichlids

Lost one each of my Texas and Red Jewel Cichlids as well as the solitary Venus.. realised th population was thinning out, so i decided to get a few new inmates. first i added a few Tinfoils as dither fish.. then a pair of Fire Mouths.. and then last night i got a pair of Jaguars

heres some brief info on them

my camera just can't capture the stunning shimmer of this fish,
so heres a pic by Johnny Jensen

The Tinfoil Barbs are obviously not cichlids.. theyre barbs that grow really large and can thus be kept with most peaceful varieties. Only thing to keep in mind is that they grow quite large and like all barbs need to be kept in a group no smaller than 5 or they'l harrass the other fish. They are a schooling species and keeping them in a group lets you see some really cool schooling behaviour.

Among Cichlid enthusiasts they are popular as "dither fish" ..
"The term dither fish refers to an arbitrary group of aquarium fish used by cichlid keeping aquarists to reduce innate timidity in some species of cichlids (Barlow, 1967). The technique relies on the ability of cichlids in an aquarium to use the behaviour of other fish species as a measure of environmental security (Loiselle, 1979). Good dither fish are typically schooling species such as Danio spp., barbs and some tetra species."
-source wikipedia

for more about Tinfoil click here

Fire Mouth
heres the best pic i could take of this beauty
The common name, firemouth, is derived from the bright orange-red colouration on the underside of the jaw. Males in particular flare out their gills, exposing their red throats, in a threat display designed to ward off male rivals from their territory.
Firemouths are suitable for community aquaria, though they may become aggressive to other members of its species during spawning.

for more about Fire Mouth Cichlids click here

Jaguar Cichlid
heres what my jaguars look like now

as they grow older they get all sorts of vibrant colours..
In a fish tank, this beautiful fish can grow up to 35 cm and it’s a predator that likes to eat any smaller fish that fits into its mouth. You should keep Jaguar Cichlids with other large cichlids.. they just get allong better that way.

for more about Jaguar Cichlids click here

google the rest :coffee:

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