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post #1 of 2 Old 03-10-2012, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Cichlid Tank Mates

Hey guys!
I will be setting up the 125G next weekend!! After a trip to the local landscaper I now of some cool looking rocks and everything I need but the rest of my fish. After looking online at different set ups I have noticed that a lot of people put Rainbow Sharks or Red tail Sharks in with South African Cichlids. I have also seen tin foil barbs and angel fish. Are all of these people just ignoring what should be done or is it ok to do??? Although I love cichlids, if I can put others in with I would like to.
Thank you for your help and I am open to any suggestions.
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post #2 of 2 Old 03-11-2012, 07:37 PM
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If by south African you mean rift lake cichlids, then angelfish and tin foil barbs have no place in with them. The so-called sharks are highly aggressive themselves, and likely to make trouble even for the cichlids, so this is not a good mix. Aside from the aggressive issues that could occur, the water parameters are vastly different--or should be if the fishes' health matters.

There are some medium and large catfish that do OK with rift lakes; I'll leve it for one of our cichlid experts to suggest which species.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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