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Firemouth Chiclids

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by freshwaterfishlover, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. freshwaterfishlover

    Nov 25, 2006
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    Maryland- Washington DC area
    I think for now I will forget about Discus and try something new and easier. I was thinking about Firemouth Chiclids.

    How many can I put in a tank 65 gallons US with 10 Sterbais and 2 Synodontis? I have a Canister Filter, planted heavily and water changes of 40% once a week. I was thinking 4?
  2. Wills

    Wills Moderator

    Jun 15, 2009
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    You might get away with 4 but with American Cichlids - you are sometimes best off getting singletons of a few species as if you get a pair it can totally change the make up of the tank and cause issues.

    In a 65 most of the mid sized cichlids are going to work. If you like the Firemouths maybe you could do -

    1 Firemouth (male)
    1 Blue Acara (male)
    1 Rainbow Cichlid (male)
    1 Sajica (male)

    All I would say is those plants in your signature probably wont survive the digging of most cichlids.

    If you were thinking of Discus what about a group of Angels? Just thinking it will save your plants as well?

    Or you could mix it up a little with

    2 Angels (any type - I prefer the striped blues, naturals or blacks)
    4 or 5 Cupid Cichlids

    Or do some Angels and some dwarfs like Laetacara, Krobia, Keyholes or Apistos - Bolivian Rams would work as well.

    Hope thats helped
    Wills :)

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