Or you return the fish to the store without a refund or credit, so they can sell it again. AND sell you another fish in the meantime.harpua2002 said:IMO everything the LFS says should be taken with a grain of salt. They are there to sell fish. If your fish fight and die, they sell more fish. If your fish fight and you rehome them, they sell a tank and/or equipment.
+1. Never put rift lake cichlids with SA/CA cichlids. A long term PH of anything under 7.0 is likely to cause extreme stress & render a rift lake cichlid vulnerable to disease, perhaps even death. No rift lake cichlid is suitable for your tank with your current stock.harpua2002 said:African rift lake cichlids should not be mixed with SA/CA cichlids IMO. Aside from differences in preferred water parameters, their dietary needs are very different (at least for Mbuna, which is what you've listed). The meaty foods that firemouths need can cause bloat in Mbuna, which are primarily herbivorous. These fish are also very different in terms of behavior- while you would generally overstock to help control aggression with Africans, this will only result in added stress and aggression from SA/CA cichlids.