Greetings and salutations;
I do not raise cichlids of any sort, but I do take in animals that other people can no longer take of--for any reason.
This has put a cichlid into my aquarium.
I do not know what kind she is, but she seems quite happy in the 55 gallon tank with the other fish that I already had, including Tiger barbs and Bleeding Hearts. She gets on quite amiably with the others, in fact.
However, she seems to have a certain habit that I am starting to find quite annoying. She has this habit of picking up the pebbles on the bottom of the aquarium, sucking them into her mouth, then spitting them out at the glass of the tank. My little nephew finds it hilarious, but it has uprooted several of the plants in my tank, not to mention the floor filter system.
I must say, though, that it has made an interesting terrain.
At first it was just in one area in the "dark" end of the aquarium where she likes to lurk. We were assuming she was going to nest, but we have had her nearly three months now. But she does it continuously, because she dug another hole and capsized a large rock hidey-hole for the catfish OVERNIGHT.
If anyone could explain to me this particular behavior, I'd be most obliged. I'd hate to put her in her own tank just because she doesn't want to play well with the others and ruin their tank...
"They say that one out of four drivers drive like maniacs. Well, if the three of us are okay, we need to worry about the idiot that's still out there." -- On 'Sunday' drivers.