1. Please clear out your caches and cookies and restart your browser.
    Dismiss Notice

How to get african cichlids to grow quickly

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

  1. CornBreadjiffy

    CornBreadjiffy
    Expand Collapse
    AC Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Messages:
    154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Memphis, TN
    Last Seen:
    Mar 20, 2014
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  2. Rollinondubz200

    Rollinondubz200
    Expand Collapse
    rollinondubz2002

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2009
    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    computer tech
    Location:
    Southwest Florida
    Last Seen:
    Apr 23, 2012
    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.
     
  3. jpappy789

    jpappy789
    Expand Collapse
    Plants need meat too

    Real Name:
    Josh
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2007
    Messages:
    26,365
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    89
    Occupation:
    Graduate student
    Location:
    Gainesville, FL
    Last Seen:
    Apr 6, 2016
    Real Name:
    Josh
    Which species..."african cichlids" is a broad category...
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. CornBreadjiffy

    CornBreadjiffy
    Expand Collapse
    AC Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2009
    Messages:
    154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Memphis, TN
    Last Seen:
    Mar 20, 2014
    Malawi, mbunas, kenyis, pea, and zebras
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. ibr3ak

    ibr3ak
    Expand Collapse
    I Eat Fish

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Brooklyn, An Why See
    Last Seen:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Good diet, warmer temps and frequent water changes. A good size grow out tank helps as well.
     
  6. Mr.peacock

    Mr.peacock
    Expand Collapse
    AC Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Last Seen:
    Mar 3, 2012
    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
     
  7. Coler

    Coler
    Expand Collapse
    AC Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2007
    Messages:
    7,290
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Last Seen:
    Apr 24, 2013
    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.
     
  8. myswtsins

    myswtsins
    Expand Collapse
    AC Members

    Real Name:
    Jen
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,325
    Likes Received:
    186
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Central NJ
    Last Seen:
    Apr 6, 2016
    Real Name:
    Jen
    Camera Used:
    Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
    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!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. Pittbull

    Pittbull
    Expand Collapse
    ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

    Real Name:
    Mike
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    7,549
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Sgt. Law Enforcement / Task Force 15 YRS
    Location:
    Louisville Kentucky
    Last Seen:
    Jun 11, 2014
    Real Name:
    Mike
    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..
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page