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  • Posted on: 8/11/2011 14:37
Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #1
Hi all,

Im going to soon have some extra space in a 3' tank, will have x6 Synodontis Lucipinnis in it, lots of extra space in there.

I want something to take up the top/mid water ideally Cichlids of any variety but open to suggestions.

At first I was thinking Brichardi, but apparently they are too aggressive to put in the Synos, I want them to be a relatively peaceful bunch.

We can rule out Cyprichromis as I already have some in a different tank.

Cheers,

David
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  • Posted on: 8/11/2011 17:13
Re: Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #2
Hi

The only true top level Tanganyikans are Cyprichromis, but you have them in another tank, and 3ft isn't long enough for them so that really leaves Rock Dwellers or Shell Dwellers. Shell Dwellers are going to be on the floor so that's ruled them out.

Probably one of the Julidochromis family would be best if you have a good rock/cave area for them. You could keep a pair of J.transcriptus, J.dickfeldi or J.ornatus inthere with the Synos. J. marlieri and regani get too big for a 3ft.

Another option would be a pair of Telmatochromis vittatus or you could go for Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus - you will need to provide shells for spawning if you go for Caudopunctatus though. They don't live in shells, but do prefer to spawn in them.
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Re: Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #3
Some good suggestions there, I hadn't thought of Telmatochromis Vittatus, they are a bit harder to get hold of, ill check to see if I can get some imported.

Ive already got J. Marlieri in my 5' so dont really want more Julies quite yet.

Plus ive got a Multi species tank so not after more shellies yet either.

Ill read more about Caudopunctatus, looks like an interesting species and maybe more likely to occupy the open water than the Telmatichromis.

Cheers :)
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Re: Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #4
Do you think any of the other Neolamprologus genus would be suitable? I know Brichardi are out of the question but there are still some beautiful fish in that group.

Possibly Cylindricus? Tretocephalus look fantastic but again, arent they too territorial/agressive for community tanks?

Cheers,

David
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  • Posted on: 8/12/2011 21:39
Re: Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #5
A 3 ft tank makes it hard.
Julies are predominantley down low and will be agressive if they breed.Unlikely to be a problem for your synos.
Have you considered the calvus? Slow growing and less likely to breed but a fantastic fish all the same.
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Re: Peaceful tank mates for S. Lucipinnis #6
personally i'd be looking at nigripinnis, but some may say the tanks too small
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