04-11-2008, 11:15 AM
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Dwarf cichlids are not like many cichlids. A pair will remain a pair for a very long time, sometimes until one or the other dies. I have luelingis, cacautuoides, and borellis that have done this. They have teamed up to kill, if allowed, any other of their species in the tank. Many non-Rift Lake species do this as I have noticed in my years in the hobby. I do not know if this is unique to me or if it is a common practice with these fish.
But, for their size, they are one of the fiercest fish I have ever kept. They show no fear when claiming and defending their territory or their young. At the same time, they are a docile addition to a community tank. I guess they just have a thing for their own kind.