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Dwarf Cichlid

Discussion in 'African / Old World Cichlids' started by envious, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. envious

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    [font="Verdana]hi, i have a 150l community aquariam and have been thinking about adding maybe a pair of small cichlids. i currently have 4 opaline gouramis, 6 swordtails, 3 guppies and a flying fox. my tank water has a ph of 7.2 and hardness of 80ppm. i have a few plant in my tank mainly amizon swords and java ferns, i also have a sand subtrate.[/font][/color]
    [color="#222222"][font="Verdana]i[/font][/color][color="#222222"][font="Verdana] would appreciate any suggestions. thank you[/font]

     
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    Bolivian rams or apistogrammas? What temperature is your tank?
     
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    My bolivian rams did not get along with a gourami in the tank (well actually the gourami wouldn't tolerate them at all), but there were no problems between the gourami and a pair of apistogramma cacatuoides.
     
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    I've not kept them together so haven't had the experience. I assumed they'd be ok seeing as they occupy different levels of the tank, but Soybean has experience. Thanks for clearing that up. :)

    I'm actually considering apistogramma cacatuoides myself at the moment for my new tank, and they seem like a great choice for a community. You have a sand substrate and plants, which is good, but do you have any caves? Some dwarf cichlids (including the apistos) are cave spawners and require caves to form a territory around. Others are open spawners, but still need hiding places and shelter.

    Have a look here too, there are some great species profiles that should help.

    http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/forum/42-cichlids-central-and-south-american/
     
  5. envious

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    thanks for yor suggestions i like the look of apistogramma cacatuoides so will research them.


    my tanks around 25c. i dont have any caves but do understand cichlids need them. im planing on having a bit of a move round before i add any more fish so would add some caves then, what is the best thing to create caves out of, i would like something natural looking.
     
  6. soybean

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    Pile up some rocks or bits of slate, or you can buy ornaments that look like rock with a hole in. Terracotta plant pots half buried on their side are ideal.
     

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