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post #1 of 30 Old 08-05-2014, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
German Blue Ram hardiness vs Apisto vs Kribs

For the 2nd time this month I have lost a German Blue Ram. I don't think I will be getting another Ram from the German Blue morph (Golds, electrics, Balloons) family, again. I do want to keep enjoying the beautiful family of cichlidae, so how do other dwarfs such as, Apistos, Kribs and Bolivians stand in hardiness? Thanks!

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post #2 of 30 Old 08-05-2014, 04:06 PM
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Kribs and bolivians are the most hardy things in the world. Most apistos are hardy as well.
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post #3 of 30 Old 08-05-2014, 06:24 PM
Tankman is right, Bolivian Rams are great. I have had a pair for almost 2 years (thriving). my GH is about 300ppm, PH 8.0-8.2ish.
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Scott they actually like hard water, im pretty sure. Kribs like whatever and will breed in whatever, cuz their habitat is all different ranges. Apistos will thrive in anything. But for breeding and best coloration, acidic water with tannins is the best. Their is also keyhole cichlids, very hardy fish. Get somewhat big 4-5 inches (i believe). But usually peaceful. Also checkerboard cichlids, peaceful, cool looking but not overly colorful. Also likes acidic. water.
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post #5 of 30 Old 08-05-2014, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
Wow, thanks guys! Do any of you know about Flag Cichlids? Are they community compatible? Also, I would love some more recommendations for some hardy, community cichlids!
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post #6 of 30 Old 08-05-2014, 07:06 PM
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Flags are good, but do best in pairs (i think) and get pretty big. Some options for your tank are
Bolivain rams
Apistos
Kribs
Keyholes
A convict
A firemouth
Angel or angels
Dwarf pike cichlids
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post #7 of 30 Old 08-06-2014, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
How would a convict be with the fish I have? They seem to be a very hardy, good- sized beginner cichlid! Would love to have one!
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One would be fine. Now a breeding pair would destroy everything.
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Oh i dont think convicts are good with plants o_0
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post #10 of 30 Old 08-06-2014, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
Dang it! So close to finding a fit for my aquarium! Oh well. How would a Firemouth do in my tank? Also, do you know anything about Lab cichlids?
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