05-19-2009, 11:45 AM
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I would agree with previous posts in regards to kuhlii's and corys. The synodontis multipunctatus would work ,and I would recommend only one specimen. It seems that this particular synodontis will if allowed to breed,,wait until a cichlid has laid eggs,, and then slip in and eat the eggs or a good portion of them,, and lay her own eggs on the cichlids nest. The female cichlid then scoops up the eggs and unknowingly raises the fry in her mouth where the fry too eat what's left of the cichlid eggs or young wigglers. Pretty devious. But I suppose it would be a way to keep the tank from being over run with young cichlids. It is for this behaivor that they are sometimes called the Cuckoo catfish.
If you are not firm on your desire to keep african cichlids,, there are many south american cichlids that prefer water more to the corys liking and some are rather peaceful. I would not place kuhlii's with any large cichlids. they look I suspect,, like french fries to most of them.