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Are Jewel Cichlids Mbuna?

Discussion in 'African / Old World Cichlids' started by Lisa67, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Lisa67

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    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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    Davo86 Cichlids, Catfish and Oddballs

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    No they are a west african cichlid with requirements not so dissimilar to South American cichlids
     
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    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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    Davo86 Cichlids, Catfish and Oddballs

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

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