I just love them to pieces, but they are still shy around me. I'm teaching them that it is safe to eat out of my hand so that they won't be so nervous when I walk by.. Works on two of them and this is only the third day!
I can't wait to finish my stand and set up my 60gal. Once everything is ready and things quiet down, my little ones are getting new friends~
If you don't have netting over the intakes for your UG filter, chances are good your kuhlis have gotten in. On the bright side, kuhlis not only survive underneath UG filter plates, but they'll even breed in there, although yours sound too young yet.
When you get a different filter, do make sure to put netting or sponge on the filter intakes. I also taped netting over any open areas of the top of the tank, and sealed the holes the air line and heater cord go through. Kuhlis are the Houdinis of the fish world.
I vacuum the sand while doing the weekly water change.
Try turning off the lights, drop in a Hikari sinking wafer, and come back in ten minutes with a flashlight. If they're not under the filter plates, you should see them.
You might consider getting more kuhlis, they love to live in a group.
If you use glass for your shelf instead of acrylic, I'd sand the edges so they're not sharp, for your own safety as well as that of the fish.
Why is the blood parrot cichlid called Mr. Sissypants? Sounds like an interesting story there.
Cute and playful. I have 3 in a 20-gallon-high coldwater tank, and they are thoroughly spoiled! Have the life of Riley! They're regular little acrobats, twisting and turning as they glide across the tank. Curious, always probing for food or whatever in the floating plants and substrate. Watching them eat their favorite food is very rewarding. They gobble it up, and then want more! Of course, I refrain from overfeeding them. I give them Sera O-Nip tablets which they would eat all day if I were to let them. They also like algae pellets, which I soften up in water for them (pampered pets). They have lots of soft floating plants they like to rest in -- their own little natural bedding. Just as cute as can be!
Sometimes I see them "yawn" as they rest on the substrate, I assume to relieve pressure, but they look bored and lazy. Why not? They're privileged to be in my tank, and I'm privileged to have them and be able to enjoy them.
Lucky dojos; lucky me!
I do plan on getting more Khulis, but I the guy at the pet store was just tossing the gravel around trying to dig the poor little khulis out of hiding, and I was afraid he was going to break their spines and I stopped at 2. I will get more (from a different asscociate) when I get my new tank setup.
So they will survive under the filter plates if their down there? I have sinking Shrimp pellets, and I turned the lights down and put a few in there and saw no movement, so I assume they are under the plates feasting on fish poo and such.
You just vaccuum the sand? doesn't it just get pushed through with the water?
Thanks so much for your advice Donna. You care for Blood Parrot Cichlids? I need to get him a buddy and Im stuck between a short bodied convict (undyed jellybean) KIllin (if I could find one) or another BP. But also, that will happen with the new home.
Clowns and striatas are still my fave.
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