10-30-2009, 03:19 AM
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I agree with Rohland, Many cichlids can be kept together when small. As fish become sexually mature, they will often become less tolerant of other fish even if all male or female, which doesn't happen often for with young fish,it can be difficult to sex them. Other cichlids grow quite large and are not tolerant of other fish at all. These fish are best suited for large single specimen tanks.
You would be wise as mentioned ,to research the fish that interest you BEFORE buying them. there are books available that describe the thousands of different species of cichlids and a little research will help you more than you can appreciate with respect to stocking a tank with cichlids that will all interact,, with aggression levels kept to a minumum.
Tank decor also plays a large role in helping to keep aggression levels to a minimum by providing plenty of rock work ,caves,etc. A couple fake caves will not do with more than three or four specimens. These fish need to have numerous areas to retreat to if needed, or to rest in,, or near,,. and if plenty of places are provided for fish to stake out their territory ,or hidy hole, then so much the better.