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@Jimmy chung : What @NearMeBettas is asking is for test results on the water such as PH, Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates.Did you cycle your aquarium? What are the parameters?
Zebra ObliquindensIt looks like he's getting beaten up. I see the back of what may be a Malawi in there. Please list the species and numbers in there so we can look at it.
4 buenos aries tetras
A catfish and pleco
Temp is about 80 degrees and im not athome so I don’t rember exactly what the water permitters are. What is ideal for my fish. Also I’m getting rid of the lake Malawi cichlid so he’s gonna be gone.
An aquarium without fish takes an average of 6 to 8 weeks to fully cycle, whereas one with fish takes an average of 8 to 14 weeks to cycle.Well it’s a fairly new tank but I added bacteria for new tanks. Cycled for like 2 weeks.
I have had the tank for like 4 months but I waited two weeks before adding fishAn aquarium without fish takes an average of 6 to 8 weeks to fully cycle, whereas one with fish takes an average of 8 to 14 weeks to cycle.
The water chemistry in numbers is essential to see what stage you are at in the cycle bearing in mind you have very specific fish in a large number in a partially cycled aquarium.
You might well end up losing them all.
You need to get the water tested. It is an essential part of cycling otherwise you will not have a clue how far along the process you are or whether the aquarium is actually ready for fish. Fishkeeping cannot be done on guesswork alone (I wish it was)I have had the tank for like 4 months but I waited two weeks before adding fish
My local fish store who is reliable sold me these fish together (excluding the African) and said they would be fine together. I really like the severum and don’t have another tank(except a29 gallon) so I guess I’ll have to put him there until he grows or just give him back. Sad but must be done.I don't think the water test has anything to do with what you are seeing. It's essential to cycle a tank, but you have a nightmare collection in there.
I've kept Cichlids for most of my adult life. If I rank general aggression from worst to least, I would start at the top with Lake Victoria Cichlids
A notch down, Lake Malawi
West Africa - larger Cichlids,
Central and North America
larger South American
smaller South American
smaller West African
So if we apply that to the fish you bought: the zebra obliquidens is a Victorian. 10 points aggro. Jack Dempseys are central American, and named after a famous boxer (a clue there, give them a 7). Convicts are also central American, and named "convicts", not just for their stripes (make it a 6). And a severum is a relatively mild mannered larger South American (a 2 or 3). It's doomed in there, and would be doomed with a pristine, cycled tank.
You need to decide what level of aggression you can handle, and stick to Cichlids from one region. You do seem drawn to Central and North America there.
Btw - when a Cichlid goes to the top corner, it means it knows it has to escape or die, and it has nowhere to go. When they try to hide by the heater, they are terrified.