12-17-2006, 11:03 AM
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Tropical fish should not be mixed with African Cichlids. Even the most passive African Cichlids are aggressive in nature. They can sense the docile nature of community tropicals and their aggression will dominate the tank. additionally, african cichlids have different dietary needs and ideal water parameters. Community Tropicals in general require a ph of 7.2, African Cichlids require a much higher ph, ideally in the area of 8.0. Though in general, most fishes will be able to tolerate deviations in their ideal PH ranges, this does create a more stressful environment for the fishes, leading to stunted growth, altered behavioral and aggression patterns, poor coloring, increased suseptibility to illness via viral, parisitic, and fungal infection, and decreased lifespan.
Originally Posted by saganco
Have you thought about rainbowfish or hatchetfish for the top part of the tank - or maybe they won't do well with your particular fish. I have centrals (peaceful ones), so nothing is quite so risky. I don't actually know it will work for you, but might be worth looking into.