Aggressive Cichlids

Wetpet157

New member
I have never been a member of a cichlid forum or group until today.

I bought a few Salvini and Jack Dempsey, and green terror juvenile cichlids at a local store and put them in my tank. Two of the fish paired up and dug out a nest in the corner of the aquariumand have gotten very aggressive. I put a flower pot in the tank and at some point the two laid eggs that were stuck to the upper inner side of the flower pot. The pair became very aggressive and killed off many of the tank mates. In fact, of the remaining tank mates the pair won't let them cross over the half way tank mark. I'd they do the Salvini will chase them away.
Here's my question, I recently was told that my Salvini paired up with a different species, possibly a Jack Dempsey hybrid? I'm going to post a picture of the pair. Could someone please tell me what the other fish is? The Salvini is the more colored one, the Jack hybrid appears to be more silver with greenish blueish highlights on the find. These fish are probably around 3.5 to 4 inches.
Thanks to anyone who can help.
I am having trouble uploading a pic from my smartphone. Says file is to large? Anyone know how to post a picture from a Android device?
I've never done this before.
 

Wetpet157

New member
Actually, I did notice that when I created my account a few minutes ago the website allowed me to post a picture of the two fish I just described in my original post. Not sure if it's big enough to see?
Also, not sure why I was able to upload a picture from my smartphone to my profile picture, but it won't let me upload a picture when in the act of posting a message?
Any suggestions appreciated.
 

OB Guy

Administrator
Staff member
Is it the 2 fish in your Avatar? I don't see any picture anywhere else. Welcome to the forum.
 

Wetpet157

New member
Yes. The two fish in avatar. They have become a couple and are very nasty to the other fish.
Especially the silver colored one. Very agressive to other fish.
I can't seem to upload any other pics other than the avatar.
Are they both Salvini?
Is the silver one Dempsey? Or hybrid Dempsey?
How can I upload another picture?
Keeps saying the file is to large and won't allow me to send another pic.
Thank you
 

OB Guy

Administrator
Staff member
They look like Salvini's from what I can see the silver one being the female. They're going to be VERY aggressive until the eggs hatch and the fry have grown. By then the cycle will probably start over. Mixing male and female Cichlids in a community tank usually doesn't go well. You may have to remove the female from that aquarium if you want to keep other males in it. What size is your aquarium?
 

OB Guy

Administrator
Staff member
Unfortunately there's not much you can do about the aggressive pair except remove the female fish from the aquarium.
 

Wetpet157

New member
Ok.

Thank you for advice. I will probably have to do that, unless I just want to keep the pair and
re-home the others.

Thanks again
 
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