I set up a new 55gal aquarium, and populated it with Jewel, Acai, and Electric Yellow Cichlids. I have since had 2 broods from a pair of my Jewels. The first brood is in a 20gal, and they are currently about 1/2" long. The second brood is still in the 55gal, with a seperator installed with both parents. I am trying to find ways to get rid of the babies, as I definatly do not have the room for the additional tanks needed. Any advice?
Jewel cichlids, though African, are a west African riverine species that need much softer water. I would separate them from your Lake Malawi species which need nearly the highest level of hardness and alkalinity of any freshwater fish.
As you will have noticed, Jewel cichlids are substrate spawners, unlike the majority of Malawians, which means they vigorously defend a physical territory after egg laying and hatching are complete. This results in much more prolonged hostility toward tankmates than when Malawians are kept on their own. I mean, once a female Malawian is holding eggs, there is no need to hold a territory. Malawians may not "understand" what all the Jewel's aggression is about, and get badly ripped up. Again, I wouldn't try to keep these species together. . .
I have used fry as a source of live food because, let's face it, one spawning of jewel cichlids, gorgeous as they are, will glut your local market for a year.
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