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post #1 of 7 Old 10-13-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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cichlids in community

i was down local lfs about a week ago and said to the helper that i would like the cichlid for my tank but she knew i had a community tank and told me they are to be kept with their own species as the they are territorial and sometimes aggressive but i have heard you can have certain types of cichlid in community tank so if anyone knows the name of these could they please send them to me as i love the colours of them and they look like they would be very active in my tank.
and any info on discus in community tank would be great

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-13-2009, 03:11 PM
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Well for starters what is in your tank? What is your ph levels? How long has the tank been up and runing? what siz of tank? If you got a yellow lab/ elctrice yellow as a juvi. They are pretty calm but are still some what agressive. But do keep in mind they get to 5 to 6 inchs. and if it fits in its mouth it may be gone.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-13-2009, 03:21 PM
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Disregard the last message. as i seen your other post. your tank is way to small for how big the fish will get that is already in it. sorry. As i said in your other post. I would recomend you geting a bigger tank. Then you could do some cichlids.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-15-2009, 03:46 PM
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I have a green severum and a geophagus in my comunity tank that are doing just fine but i do have fish in there that are around the same aggression. The only one i'm worried about is my green severum because he will be the biggest and can be pretty territorial, but he doesn't go out of his way to mess with any of the other fish.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2009, 04:06 PM
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i was down local lfs about a week ago and said to the helper that i would like the cichlid for my tank but she knew i had a community tank and told me they are to be kept with their own species as the they are territorial and sometimes aggressive but i have heard you can have certain types of cichlid in community tank so if anyone knows the name of these could they please send them to me as i love the colours of them and they look like they would be very active in my tank.
and any info on discus in community tank would be great
thanks 5hall (Greig)
Discus in a community tank can prove difficult if you don't chose tankmates very carefully. Discus are very slow, picky eaters and aren't going to do well with fast moving tankmates that swoop in and take the lion's share of the food. Candidates for tankmates would be fish that don't stray from the lower third of the water column and prefer the same water parameters that discus do. Stellar water parameters are required by discus, along with religious water changes, in order for them to do their best. Most people won't recommend keeping these fish in a community tank for these reasons.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2009, 06:09 PM
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Cichlid is a pretty broad term. Are we talking African, Central or South American cichlids? What size tank and what other fish are in the tank? Angelfish, Rams, Keyholes, Kribensis are some that can be kept in a community but it depends on your tank size, water parameters and what other fish are in the tank.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-15-2009, 06:13 PM
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Don't forget dwarf cichlids like apistos, kribs and rams! Extremely colorful and a good fit for most small communities.
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