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Old September 11th 05, 11:43 PM
Gill Passman
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I came down this morning to find a dead Yellow Lab. I instantly thought
it was the tattered beaten up one that I've been trying to catch and
isolate for the past few days....but no...she is still swimming around
and keeping out of trouble. It was a perfectly healthy (until this
morning) Lab. It was pretty badly chewed up.

I have two suspects that are beating on one another so much that they
now both have sores on their mouths...and one of them bit me the other
night. Allegedly, they are Maylandia Lombardoi but from what I can see
I'm now suspecting they are "mutts" - I have 4 of them - 2 are slightly
bluish/white, one is very yellow and the other is a browny yellow. It is
the yellow and the browny yellow that are fighting - they are now 4-5
inch plus and very fat. From the fry in the tank I'm a little confused
about their origin - deep blue with black vertical stripes - doesn't
match anything else I've got so I'm guessing they are from these fish.

Should I oik both of these fish out of the tank and trade them in as
they will certainly kill one another if not other tank companions?
Should I leave the status quo as if I get rid of these two Mbuna's by
their nature will then fight again and another dominant fish will
emerge? Should I pick one and keep it and get rid of the other one?
"Innocent" fish are getting caught up in their war...

Gill
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Old September 12th 05, 03:53 PM
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Sorry for the loss of your lab.
Keep trying to catch and isolate the tattered yellow lab....it might be
next.

Any possibility the yellow lab died of something else and the other fish
just picked at its carcass?

I'm not sure what size tank you have or how many mbuna are in there, and I'm
not sure what solution would really work.
With the M. lombardoi or lombardoi-hybrids (if that's what they are),
you're tank is pretty much on the aggressive side.

You could try increasing the number of yellow labs (which are generally a
less aggressive fish) to decrease odds of a specific fish being targeted
(but the threat of more 'murders' will still exist). I'd go with adding at
least 4 more. A total of 8 labs would be a good quantity if you are able to
stock that many. If that doesn't help you could try removing the most
aggressive fish in the tank

If that doesn't work you could try removing all of the lombardi and
replacing them with less aggressive fish (ps. acei would go nicely with
yellow labs).

If you want to keep all the hybrids you could add more aggressive fish, but
that's a risky option.

Any pics of your fish?

kay-bee


"Gill Passman" wrote in message
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I came down this morning to find a dead Yellow Lab. I instantly thought it
was the tattered beaten up one that I've been trying to catch and isolate
for the past few days....but no...she is still swimming around and keeping
out of trouble. It was a perfectly healthy (until this morning) Lab. It was
pretty badly chewed up.

I have two suspects that are beating on one another so much that they now
both have sores on their mouths...and one of them bit me the other night.
Allegedly, they are Maylandia Lombardoi but from what I can see I'm now
suspecting they are "mutts" - I have 4 of them - 2 are slightly
bluish/white, one is very yellow and the other is a browny yellow. It is
the yellow and the browny yellow that are fighting - they are now 4-5 inch
plus and very fat. From the fry in the tank I'm a little confused about
their origin - deep blue with black vertical stripes - doesn't match
anything else I've got so I'm guessing they are from these fish.

Should I oik both of these fish out of the tank and trade them in as they
will certainly kill one another if not other tank companions? Should I
leave the status quo as if I get rid of these two Mbuna's by their nature
will then fight again and another dominant fish will emerge? Should I pick
one and keep it and get rid of the other one? "Innocent" fish are getting
caught up in their war...

Gill



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Old September 12th 05, 04:53 PM
Gill Passman
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kay-bee wrote:
Sorry for the loss of your lab.
Keep trying to catch and isolate the tattered yellow lab....it might be
next.

Any possibility the yellow lab died of something else and the other fish
just picked at its carcass?

I'm not sure what size tank you have or how many mbuna are in there, and I'm
not sure what solution would really work.
With the M. lombardoi or lombardoi-hybrids (if that's what they are),
you're tank is pretty much on the aggressive side.

You could try increasing the number of yellow labs (which are generally a
less aggressive fish) to decrease odds of a specific fish being targeted
(but the threat of more 'murders' will still exist). I'd go with adding at
least 4 more. A total of 8 labs would be a good quantity if you are able to
stock that many. If that doesn't help you could try removing the most
aggressive fish in the tank

If that doesn't work you could try removing all of the lombardi and
replacing them with less aggressive fish (ps. acei would go nicely with
yellow labs).

If you want to keep all the hybrids you could add more aggressive fish, but
that's a risky option.

Any pics of your fish?

kay-bee


"Gill Passman" wrote in message
.. .

I came down this morning to find a dead Yellow Lab. I instantly thought it
was the tattered beaten up one that I've been trying to catch and isolate
for the past few days....but no...she is still swimming around and keeping
out of trouble. It was a perfectly healthy (until this morning) Lab. It was
pretty badly chewed up.

I have two suspects that are beating on one another so much that they now
both have sores on their mouths...and one of them bit me the other night.
Allegedly, they are Maylandia Lombardoi but from what I can see I'm now
suspecting they are "mutts" - I have 4 of them - 2 are slightly
bluish/white, one is very yellow and the other is a browny yellow. It is
the yellow and the browny yellow that are fighting - they are now 4-5 inch
plus and very fat. From the fry in the tank I'm a little confused about
their origin - deep blue with black vertical stripes - doesn't match
anything else I've got so I'm guessing they are from these fish.

Should I oik both of these fish out of the tank and trade them in as they
will certainly kill one another if not other tank companions? Should I
leave the status quo as if I get rid of these two Mbuna's by their nature
will then fight again and another dominant fish will emerge? Should I pick
one and keep it and get rid of the other one? "Innocent" fish are getting
caught up in their war...

Gill




The tank is a 200L (4ft). Its current occupants a-

5 Yellow Labs
2 Aulonocara Hybrid OB Peacocks
4 Maylandia Lombardoi
3 Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos (Electric Blue Johanni)
1 Snowball Plec
Around 6 Melanchronis Juvs
Around 6 plus misc fry that are at various stages of development

I'm actually getting concerned that with the number of growing fry
(especially the Melanchronis) that this tank is getting overstocked and
am planning to sell them on (or get store credit for them). Maybe
returning the Maylandia might be a better option for now.

The Yellow Lab in question showed no signs of any illness and the water
quality is good (I check the fish day and night at feedtime). The
injuries looked similar to those that I have seen on one of the
Melanchromis females after spawning (she always recovers though). But
yes, fish can die for whatever reason.

The two fish in question are still having a go at one another and any
other fish foolish enough to get in their way. I guess they need to go...

The only pictures that are posted anywhere can be found at:-

http://fishgallery.com/default.aspx

Although you have to join the site to view them I'm afraid....still
working on sorting something out for posting my fishy pics. They are a
little out of date having been taken a few months ago but give a general
idea of the setup

The pics are under "Fish Pictures" and are titled:-

The Boys in action
Centre View of tank
Full view of tank
OB Peacock (I thin)
Melanchronis Cyaneorhabdos

One of the perpetrators can be seen in "The Boys in action" next to the
Melanchronis

Thanks for your response
Gill
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Old September 13th 05, 05:38 AM
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Nice tank.
Well, it seems you have a good number of yellow labs and other fish.
I'd definately try and put the tattered lab in a hospital tank as mentioned
earlier.
You can remove the lombardoi's to tone down the aggression in the tank, or
keep it as it is and see what happens.

kay-bee


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Old September 13th 05, 12:06 AM
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"Gill Passman" wrote in message
.. .
I came down this morning to find a dead Yellow Lab. I instantly thought it
was the tattered beaten up one that I've been trying to catch and isolate
for the past few days....but no...she is still swimming around and keeping
out of trouble. It was a perfectly healthy (until this morning) Lab. It was
pretty badly chewed up.

I have two suspects that are beating on one another so much that they now
both have sores on their mouths...and one of them bit me the other night.
Allegedly, they are Maylandia Lombardoi but from what I can see I'm now
suspecting they are "mutts" - I have 4 of them - 2 are slightly
bluish/white, one is very yellow and the other is a browny yellow. It is
the yellow and the browny yellow that are fighting - they are now 4-5 inch
plus and very fat. From the fry in the tank I'm a little confused about
their origin - deep blue with black vertical stripes - doesn't match
anything else I've got so I'm guessing they are from these fish.

Should I oik both of these fish out of the tank and trade them in as they
will certainly kill one another if not other tank companions? Should I
leave the status quo as if I get rid of these two Mbuna's by their nature
will then fight again and another dominant fish will emerge? Should I pick
one and keep it and get rid of the other one? "Innocent" fish are getting
caught up in their war...


Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally came
to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it was one
of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to repalce him, but
the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So far he's been ok.
He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs were larger than the
demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish. I'm not sure what to do
about this agressive fish. In any case, the yellow labs are on the less
agressive side, and having a larger one seems to help.


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Old September 13th 05, 05:52 AM
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Is your demasoni the only one of its kind in your tank?

I have yellow labs with demasoni and other mbuna. With multiple demasoni in
the tank, mine ignore the other cichlids and focus on each other (nothing
beyond some chasing).
For a while my dominant male demasoni possessed a certain cave and was
territorial. He'd ward off any fish that got too close to the entrance...but
then I rearranged the tank and the cave got taken over by my largest
socolofi.

kay-bee

Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally
came to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it
was one of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to repalce
him, but the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So far he's
been ok. He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs were
larger than the demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish. I'm not
sure what to do about this agressive fish. In any case, the yellow labs
are on the less agressive side, and having a larger one seems to help.



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Old September 13th 05, 09:01 AM
Gill Passman
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kay-bee wrote:
Is your demasoni the only one of its kind in your tank?

I have yellow labs with demasoni and other mbuna. With multiple demasoni in
the tank, mine ignore the other cichlids and focus on each other (nothing
beyond some chasing).
For a while my dominant male demasoni possessed a certain cave and was
territorial. He'd ward off any fish that got too close to the entrance...but
then I rearranged the tank and the cave got taken over by my largest
socolofi.

kay-bee


Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally
came to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it
was one of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to repalce
him, but the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So far he's
been ok. He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs were
larger than the demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish. I'm not
sure what to do about this agressive fish. In any case, the yellow labs
are on the less agressive side, and having a larger one seems to help.




I wonder if a little rock rearrangement might help in this case - plus
it will be the only way to get the injured lab out...she's out right now
feeding and it looks like there is some regrowth with the fins and tail.
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Old September 13th 05, 09:02 AM
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matt wrote:
"Gill Passman" wrote in message
.. .

I came down this morning to find a dead Yellow Lab. I instantly thought it
was the tattered beaten up one that I've been trying to catch and isolate
for the past few days....but no...she is still swimming around and keeping
out of trouble. It was a perfectly healthy (until this morning) Lab. It was
pretty badly chewed up.

I have two suspects that are beating on one another so much that they now
both have sores on their mouths...and one of them bit me the other night.
Allegedly, they are Maylandia Lombardoi but from what I can see I'm now
suspecting they are "mutts" - I have 4 of them - 2 are slightly
bluish/white, one is very yellow and the other is a browny yellow. It is
the yellow and the browny yellow that are fighting - they are now 4-5 inch
plus and very fat. From the fry in the tank I'm a little confused about
their origin - deep blue with black vertical stripes - doesn't match
anything else I've got so I'm guessing they are from these fish.

Should I oik both of these fish out of the tank and trade them in as they
will certainly kill one another if not other tank companions? Should I
leave the status quo as if I get rid of these two Mbuna's by their nature
will then fight again and another dominant fish will emerge? Should I pick
one and keep it and get rid of the other one? "Innocent" fish are getting
caught up in their war...



Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally came
to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it was one
of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to repalce him, but
the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So far he's been ok.
He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs were larger than the
demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish. I'm not sure what to do
about this agressive fish. In any case, the yellow labs are on the less
agressive side, and having a larger one seems to help.


I remember that posting. Weren't you thinking of swopping out the Demasonis?

Gill
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Old September 26th 05, 04:28 AM
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"Gill Passman" wrote in message
.. .

Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally
came to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it
was one of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to
repalce him, but the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So
far he's been ok. He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs
were larger than the demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish.
I'm not sure what to do about this agressive fish. In any case, the
yellow labs are on the less agressive side, and having a larger one seems
to help.

I remember that posting. Weren't you thinking of swopping out the
Demasonis?


I swapped out the aggressive demasoni and my tank is much happier. In fact,
i'm not even sure which is the dominate. the two demasonis have the same
color. In any case, no one is picking on anyone.

-matt


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Old September 26th 05, 12:41 PM
Gill Passman
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matt wrote:
"Gill Passman" wrote in message
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Hey, i've had 2 yellow labs be "murdered" in my tank too. I originally
came to this NG to find out what happened to the first, but found out it
was one of my demasoni's picking on him. I bought a larger one to
repalce him, but the second one died, leaving just hte larger one. So
far he's been ok. He's about a 1/2" larger than the others. All the labs
were larger than the demasonis. THis week he killed yet another fish.
I'm not sure what to do about this agressive fish. In any case, the
yellow labs are on the less agressive side, and having a larger one seems
to help.


I remember that posting. Weren't you thinking of swopping out the
Demasonis?



I swapped out the aggressive demasoni and my tank is much happier. In fact,
i'm not even sure which is the dominate. the two demasonis have the same
color. In any case, no one is picking on anyone.

-matt


Glad to hear you problem got sorted :-)

My two seem to have drawn up an imaginary line across the tank which
only gets crossed for feeding time or chasing of one of the others. In
fact we have observed one of them herding all the other fish into the
other one's half of the tank. The ragged female is making a good
recovery and starting to grow her tail back...

Gill
 




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