08-01-2012, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Aoibhell
Thanks for the welcome :) Yes, I was referring to the apistogrammas. I wouldn't mind having a harem if I wasn't so afraid of fry.. lol. The chances of me finding one seems kind of low, anyway, but if I were to get 3, how am I to sex them when they are still young and little?
As I understood the profiles, the ram does well in solitude in regards to more rams, but will do well in a community tank, yes? Also, it says that Keyholes are best without cichlids beside discus, angels, and other dwarves. I could be misunderstanding, though.. I was up with a crying baby all night.. lol.
The barbs were just to provide dither fish. I agree that I might be pushing it with the space. Could you recommend any fish that won't get eaten? I have some black skirt tetras in another tank, but I'm afraid they might get nipped at. I may also upgrading to a larger tank down the road.
The cockatoos won't be added anytime soon, unless I get really lucky, so the tank will be kind of barren (not great for the keyhole). Any other fish suggestions?
Combining cichlids in the same tank can be problematical.
On the Skirts, I would worry more that they will nip the cichlids. Good fish for peaceful cichlids are several of the characins (just avoid the known nippers, like Serpae, Skirts, few others), medium rasbora, some loaches and/or catfish. I would tend to avoid barbs which are all active, in itself an issue for cichlids.