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post #1 of 3 Old 06-10-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Barramundi with Cichlids

Trying to get my old man into cichlids but he is only interested in barramundi. His big barra died a while ago and has started with a new barra in an 8 foot tank. The barra is already around 8 inches. Are there any cichlids that would go well with Barramundi, maybe a jag or a something as agressive as a dovii? Maybe something as large but less agressive?
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Tank isnt even suitable for a fully grown barramundi to start off and they grow quick.
I had 6 fully grown ones years ago in a 15000g pond when I lived in Australia and that was pushing it.
Another forum I was on some years ago stated that they need 10x5x5(ft) minimum tanks to keep a single fish with no tank mates.

Given there aggressive nature when feeding and potential size then I would not recommend keeping them with anything. They need hard water which is good for Rift Lake Cichlids but their diet is totally unsuitable for even the biggest predatory Cichlids, Barramundi need high protein diets which is very very bad for the health of Rift Lake Cichlids.

Even the large Oscars will have a hard time competing for food from a Barramundi. Though the fish is small at the moment it wont stay that way for long and then will start viewing the smaller cichlids as dinner.

To be honest the only thing in terms of Cichlids I would consider keeping with it are the following but trying to find any of them unless either directly from a major importer or from Lake Malawi itself (import licenses set you back about $8,000 US) is going to be extremely hard.

Buccochromis lepturus, Champsochromis caeruleus, Tyrannochromis macrostoma and Fossorochromis rostratus. All of these fish get large enough in the 16-18" range that they will be able to compete with a large Barramundi.

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Tank isnt even suitable for a fully grown barramundi to start off and they grow quick.
I had 6 fully grown ones years ago in a 15000g pond when I lived in Australia and that was pushing it.
Another forum I was on some years ago stated that they need 10x5x5(ft) minimum tanks to keep a single fish with no tank mates.

Given there aggressive nature when feeding and potential size then I would not recommend keeping them with anything. They need hard water which is good for Rift Lake Cichlids but their diet is totally unsuitable for even the biggest predatory Cichlids, Barramundi need high protein diets which is very very bad for the health of Rift Lake Cichlids.

Even the large Oscars will have a hard time competing for food from a Barramundi. Though the fish is small at the moment it wont stay that way for long and then will start viewing the smaller cichlids as dinner.

To be honest the only thing in terms of Cichlids I would consider keeping with it are the following but trying to find any of them unless either directly from a major importer or from Lake Malawi itself (import licenses set you back about $8,000 US) is going to be extremely hard.

Buccochromis lepturus, Champsochromis caeruleus, Tyrannochromis macrostoma and Fossorochromis rostratus. All of these fish get large enough in the 16-18" range that they will be able to compete with a large Barramundi.
Thanks for the reply. I have no idea what ph he keeps and neither does my dad for that matter. He doesn't even own a ph test kit. He uses rain water as he has 4 10000L tanks and he does 80% water changes weekly. He feeds them cichlid pellets with the occasional live food. I just think it's a waste of a good size tank having a barra when he could have few good size cichlids instead. Barra are his passion though.
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