08-01-2007, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by anotherred
Honestly not sure. I'm looking at getting into some new fish other than the regular tetras and stuff like that.
Discus aren't exactly hard to care for. True that they are costly but they just need clean water compared to other fish and are, in fact, hardy as long as extreme changes which can stress them are avoided. Tetras, apistos, rams and cories are great tankmates. They will do well in planted tanks if you wish to maintain a planted tank.
Angels are also great choices. Pick either discus or angels but with the latter, your tetra choices will be limited to mostly deep-bodied ones as angels are quite a menace and can consume any fish that will fit in their mouths. Moreover, being very eager to breed, they may eventually harass their fellow tankmates so select your fish carefully.
Rams and apistos are great as mentioned before. If you want them, give them a try. Most apistos form a harem and this will require you a trio or more females to one male. As for the rams, you have a choice between the bolivian ram and blue ram with the latter being more sensitive to water conditions compared to the former but it's your choice. It's only a matter of proper acclimatization but I would suggest buying your blue rams from a local breeder as they may already be acclimated to the water conditions in your area.
Severums are great as well but they will likely damage your plants having a great appetite on greens. These fish are pigs and will eat quite a lot. There are several strains available in the trade.
Kribensis is an African cichlid and if you want them, why not try them? This will limit your bottom dwellers which is quite a big disadvantage if you don't have plenty of hiding places as kribs are also quite eager to breed and at this time, they can be very vicious often ripping fins to shreds and possibly killing their tankmates if the tankmates have nowhere to escape from their aggression.
Lake Malawi cichlids are divided between the mbunas and haps. It's your choice though none of them will spare a plant with the exception of Javan ferns and anubias.
Lake Tanganyikan cichlids are also equally entertaining. If you want shelldwellers, provide them with shells. Vallisnerias, anubias and Javan ferns will be okay in that tank depending on the species you get.
Let us know what you want.;)