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How to get african cichlids to grow quickly

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by CornBreadjiffy, Sep 10, 2009.

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    I am trying to find out ways or methods to get my juvies to a descent size in about 3 months. Any help or remedies that work will be appreciated. Please nothing that you have heard of or thing that might work because not tryin to kill them just getting them a bigger before i move and it gets cold. Thanks to all.
     
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    i feed my juvies New life Spectrum 3 times a day .it has goten them to go into a growth spurt when i changed to that food.
     
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    Which species..."african cichlids" is a broad category...
     
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    Malawi, mbunas, kenyis, pea, and zebras
     
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    Good diet, warmer temps and frequent water changes. A good size grow out tank helps as well.
     
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    i keep a flat bottom tank with a bigger filter for current feed three times a day and a 10 percent water changes ever 3 days and my fry grows super fast
     
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    That's pretty much it. I like New Life Spectrum as feed myself - plus some fresh veggies (courgette in particular). Keeping nitrates below 20 ppm is key imo.
     
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    What they said! I can definitely attest to a bigger tank helping too. I had to hold one batch of fry in a breeder net while waiting for my dividers to come and the difference at 3 weeks between them and the ones that had the whole tank is significant. And since I moved them to the grow out tank they are just growing like crazy! Comparing albino socolofi & red zebra OBs so very similar fish.

    I fed brine shrimp, algae wafer bits & finely crushed veggie flake for the 1st 2 weeks. Then I started giving them fresh veggies, NLS growth & Kens veggie sticks w/ Calcium. At 5 weeks my bigger albinos are just under 1". I did not raise the temp though because I hear that shortens their life expectancy. Good luck!
     
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    Also to agree with above really the main ingredient is water changes daily and enough space and a steady temp that isnt too cold..

    3x a day for feeding..
     

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