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Are Jewel Cichlids Mbuna?


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#1 Lisa67

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

I thought they were, but from what I'm reading I may have been mistaken. I have them in my mbuna tank... which kind of bothers me (not sure why). Guess I just didn't want a mix. Thanks.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:14 PM

No they are a west african cichlid with requirements not so dissimilar to South American cichlids

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:18 PM

Darn, I don't know what I was thinking. I have no idea what a South American cichlid requires because I only have Africans. So far they don't seem to be having a problem, but they have only been in there for 3 days. I have 3 of them. Any suggestions? Does anyone keep them with mbuna successfully?

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:30 PM

mbuna prefer relatively high ph and hardness
Jewels and SA cichlids prefer relatively low ph and hardness,

In a big enough tank you may have success, but tbh one type isn't going to thrive,

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:00 PM

I'm guessing it's the jewels that aren't going to thrive. I've got about 18 mbuna and only 3 jewels. The ph is very high and water very hard which is why I chose mbuna in the first place. Well, maybe I'll return them the next time I make the hour trip to the LFS.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 03:17 AM

30 minutes on Craigslist and they had a new home. Hopefully a good one.




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