Animal Stories - Kenyi Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Kenyi Cichlid

The Kenyi Cichlid is easy to please as long as its requirements are met, making it a great fish for a Malawi cichlid tank!
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Barbara - 2018-04-02
I have had my Cichlid for around 6 months and it has been alone the whole time but today I found babies swimming around. Anyone have an explanation?

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  • Kyleen - 2018-05-15
    You most defiantly had a female and she was already holding fry or eggs when you got her. Cichlids are Mouth brooders which means they hold their young in their mouth for a few weeks till the young are old enough to be on their own.
  • Susan Arnold - 2018-05-16
    I have a 75 gallon mixed Cichlid tank. Have one male and two female Kenyis. The male is bright yellow and the Tank Boss...moves sand and rocks after every water change. So I noticed one of the females kept hiding and didn't eat for a while. Now she is out eating and swimming around. I have now discovered at least two baby Kenyi hiding in the sand caves under the rocks. Any advice on how to keep them safe until I have time to get a new tank? (They are so cute!)
lauren - 2018-04-06
i had 8 electric blue acara and i am lead to believe they are considered a Cichlid but recently my acara have been disapearing and ive noticed that they are fully eaten or partly eaten and ive been keeping them with 6 kenni Cichlid im wondering if they are picking on and eating my Arcara fish? i have two left and i'm about to seperate them just incase thats whats been happening i dont want to lose my last two Arcara.

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  • Stacie - 2018-04-08
    Yes, You need to separate these Cichlids. I have both Electric Blue Acara and Kenyi Cichlids, Separate tanks. The Acara will need a Large Tank they get much bigger then the Kenyi. Kenyi will have fry so best to have extra room for them too. I have (2) 75 gal tanks. They have very different personalities the Kenyi are more aggressive and territorial They don't want those Acara getting bigger then them because then we will see who disappears.
Anonymous - 2017-01-30
I have these fishes killing each other, what should I do? And it's not the first time, 2 fishes have been killed.

sarabjit - 2011-09-19
I had 8 kenyi cichlids but I have noticed from past 4 days that they have started getting very much aggressive to each other and killing each other. Now after 4days I'm left with only 3 cichlids as each day 1 or 2 of them dies because of their aggressiveness. Now I have 1 male and 2 female but worried that even they will be together or no. So anyone can suggest me what care should I take.

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  • gail - 2011-11-17
    The male is most aggressive and will kill all, but, the female. You should be fine in the tank and now the male is a happy swimmer with his girls. Good luck.
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
    Males will kill other males unless you have 6 to 7 females and males will only be super aggressive during breeding. You need to have lots of other cichlids and other fish in the tank so he does not single any one fish out and then kill him and then kill the next fish and so on you also need lots of rocks and hidding places
  • Anonymous - 2016-05-23
    I'm getting a male and female kenyi cichlid red zebra hybrid pair to put with my single male pink convict cichlid named mr.rodgers.
Richard jackson - 2015-10-27
i'm new to this blog.... i'm a beginner in aquarium field. i brought a pair of kenyi and the next day i found that the female(grey with black stripe) was roaming around the bowl but the male(bule) staying at the bottom of bowl, with a greenish blue color on its head . i quickly transferred to hospital tank. what should i do next???

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  • DAVID - 2016-01-29
    The bowl? You need a large aquarium for these fish.
fishy - 2015-03-23
I was wondering if someone could help me identify the sex and species of my fish?

Ankit - 2014-11-04
I have a male and three females kenyi, but the problem is that all the three females run away from him as he approaches them. they seem very terrified from him and also have some damaged tails and fins. What should i do to get them mating ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-04
    It is recommended that there be a ratio of at least 4 females to one male for harmony and less aggression. Then the right tank conditions need to be provided: pH at 7.8 to 8.6, temperature between 73-82 degrees F, substrate of sand or gravel, and rocks that provide plenty of hiding places. To get them in breeding condition they should be fed a nutritious diet 2-3 times a day with supplements of bloodworms, brine shrimp, and even live feeder fish.
Glen Aurora - 2014-07-20
I placed a juvinle Kenyi in a tank with two Tiger Tetras (Don't let 'Tiger' name fool you as they are very passive), and they all got along for a while. The Kenyi began nipping fins of one of them only and when that one was dead it started working on the other one. The Kenyi only attacked the underside of the Tetras fins with only an occasional nip at the tail. Where as the Pihranas I used to have would immediately go for the tail. Once the tail is gone they're a 'sitting duck'. When I bought the Kenyi it was a brillant terquoise color and is now(after 1.5 yr), a golden yellow color(a male). How can you tell the difference when they are juviniles?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Not sure you can sex them when young as both males and females are a pale blue with dark bands as juveniles.
Dominick Bowles - 2014-06-04
I have a purplish one with a lot of eggs, spots on the tail and it's killing every thing, it's like 3 to 4 in.

chani - 2012-07-07
I have one male & 4 females, started with 5 one died. The male keeps attacking the other females. One has almost no fins, no other fish in the tank & it's a big tank. Can anyone suggest what I can do for he just attacks them all the time!!!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-08
    Maybe remove the male.  Sometimes you can get one that is just very aggressive.  I actually have one in a 55 gallon tank and has been the only one for 2 years as he kill anything that goes into the tank.
  • Jreg - 2013-02-28
    you need a lot more hiding places. example cichlid stones are really good. You can also use texas holy rock. stock the tank very thick with these things and overstock your tank with fish. the more fish the better because the aggressive fish never gets a chance to pick on the same fish resulting in less aggression. these 2 thing will help significantly.
  • HONEY - 2014-03-20
    I have 1 female and 1 male. I have seen that the male is removing rocks and their poops from his cave? Why?