mark5423 mark5423
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  • Posted on: 22/7/2007 10:58
Cichlid noob #1
ive never had a chichlid, but id love to get some

would they live along side?
1 plecostomus plecostomus
2 clown loaches
2 danios
4 guppies

and is there any other need to know before i decide to get any?
also what are the best ones you have or encounted?
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  • Posted on: 22/7/2007 12:22
Re: Cichlid noob #2
We should have an intro to Cichlids up soon. There's a lot of different types with different requirements!
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Re: Cichlid noob #3
Your fish should be fine with African Cichlids, not sure about the guppies but the others should be ok with them although it does depend on which cichlid you had in mind... beware though that african cichlids do prefer higher pH levels and you need to check that agains the needs of the fish you already have.
found this which looks quite good...
http://www.timstropicals.com/Compatibility/NameResults.asp
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Re: Cichlid noob #4
defo no africans (other than kribs) malawis and victorian cichlids will easily eat the guppys and danios, and your clown loaches wont like the pH of malawi, victorian or tanganikan cichlids

small central/south american cichlids would be ok, the likes of rams, apistogramma's etc, nothing larger or more aggressive
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dwss59 dwss59
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Re: Cichlid noob #5
Your basically looking for a cichlid that would behave itself in a community setting.
As a result I would point you towards dwarf cichlids suchas kribs rams and the apistogramma genus.
These fish stay small( a few inches in length) but still exibit all the same great colours and behaviour as their larger counterparts.
I would steer clear of the africans and any larger new world fish, particularly if you are fond of your present stock.
Good luck
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Re: Cichlid noob #6
I think if you make the right provisions that a pair of Kribs could be an interesting addition to your tank. Having kept several pairs, I can safely say you'd need to provide a home for them such as an upturned pot, weighted down to stay in place! Once they find their new home, they may be slightly boisterous as they establish "their" territory but will settle after a while. They are most interesting to watch as the male pursues his mate around the tank, not helped by her flirty "s-shape" dance she saves especially for him! Great characters, who as far as cichlids go, are reasonably easy going!