07-30-2012, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
In my experiences, I do not recommend more than one species of cichlid in tanks under 5 feet in length. The issue is not so much the male territories, which the fish seem able to work out, but when one of them spawns. Female apistogramma for their small size are very rough fish when guarding eggs and fry. And of course, cichlids will regularly spawn. My females have killed off all other females in the same tank, of their own (fry that grew up) and other species.
It is better in a 4-foot tank to settle on one species, and with most Apistogramma this means a harem, and then build the "dither" fish around them.
Hmm I can deffidently see why you would make this suggestion. Maybe I will move my Bolivian Ram to my 29 as I am planning on moving my Blue Acara on as well. The question is how will it and tiger barbs get along? Also may I point you to my other thread
in order to get your critique on the stocking stocking list i have come up with so far?