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post #31 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 11:11 PM
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I will definitely look into the catfish and forget the plecos. This is the kind of info I need! So is any catfish in the Synodontis family OK to mix with the Malawi?
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post #32 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 11:14 PM
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A lot of synos are ok with cichlids but some may become too big for the tank. It's best to do a research on them.
http://www.planetcatfish.com/ is loaded with catfish infos.
By the way, plecs are also catfishes but belong in the sub-family Loricariidae.
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post #33 of 37 Old 08-08-2006, 05:14 AM
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Red Zebras are known to get quite aggressive. I see the zebra being a problem in that tank a likely demise for your Labs

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post #34 of 37 Old 08-08-2006, 08:22 AM
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Wow, the Synodontis catfish are pretty pricey. I really like the Ocellifer (one of the cheaper ones). I should have at least 2 of each species that i choose, right? I read that dropping a single fish into a tank will make him an easier target. I have also removed the red zebra from my list - I must have overlooked that one - didn't realize it was aggressive.
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post #35 of 37 Old 08-09-2006, 07:06 AM
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So here's a question....if I am going to have live plants, I should use a fertilizer substrate. I also am going to use Cichlid substrate...should I layer the fertilizer under the cichlid substrate or should I mix them? If mix, then what ratio?
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post #36 of 37 Old 08-09-2006, 08:06 AM
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Jsm, you'll be lucky if your plants survived the Lake Malawi cichlids' wrath. No can do. They'll ultimately destroy your plants by either eating them or uprooting them. You can however use Javan ferns as they just anchor to the decors.
Don't use the bogwoods as they can leach tannins thus lowering the pH and your cichlids may not like it.
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post #37 of 37 Old 08-09-2006, 08:42 AM
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Ok so I should stick to ONLY Java Ferns, or anything within the Javan family is fine??
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