mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Cichlids » mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank

mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank

This is a discussion on mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> is mixing African Nad American cichlids possible and if so what ratio African to American as well as ratio to size and water conditions ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Altum Angelfish
Altum Angelfish
Lyretail Checkerboard Cichlid
Lyretail Checkerboard Cichlid
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank
Old 03-24-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
 
mixing African and American cichlids in a 90 gallon tank

is mixing African Nad American cichlids possible and if so what ratio African to American as well as ratio to size and water conditions sorry I have alot of questions
4evea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
 
mollies's Avatar
 
I wouldnt recommend it. They Require Difrent water Parameters. Ect.
I would do a seprate tank for them.
mollies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2010, 09:19 PM   #3
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Assuming by "African" you are thinking of rift lake cichlids, then the answer is no, you cannot combine those with any other cichlids (and very few other fish for that matter). The African rift lakes contain water high in minerals (hardness) and alkalinity (pH), Lake Tanganyika for instance has a pH close to or perhaps exceeding 9 and Lake Malawi is up to 8.6 so the fish that are endemic [means they occur no where else on earth but evolved within these lakes] to these lakes require water that is much harder and alkaline that that suitable for most other fish.

By contrast, the cichlids from South America are for the most part soft acidic water fish, though a few species do occur in slightly basic water but the hardness is no where near what it is in the rift lakes. Central America also has some similar-water species.

However, if by "African" you actually meant the dwarf cichlids from the soft acidic water areas of West Central Africa, like for example the several species of Nannacara, Anomalochromis and Pelvicachromis (the familiar "Kribensis" is a Pelvicachromis species), then these could be maintained in aquaria with certain of the American cichlids. Such a large grouping of fish means certain species have specific behaviour traits and one has to ensure compatibility, but at least the water parameters are close.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2010, 09:35 AM   #4
 
Like anything, you COULD do it, results would vary. If you did, I would lean the water quality towards the Africans. But in addition to the different water requirements, there are often "communication" problems between old and new world cichlds, such as signs of submission taken as aggression and so forth.

I would say in general the South American rough fish are stronger/meaner than the Africans.
Posted via Mobile Device
herbwin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crossbreeding South African and Central American cichlids? FishFry Cichlids 2 03-24-2010 05:06 AM
50G Cichlid Tank: African or South American?? andrewr2488 Cichlids 68 11-20-2009 05:46 PM
40 gallon for american cichlids impact4 Cichlids 10 02-27-2009 03:11 PM
New african cichlids in my tank! adrenln Freshwater Journals 20 12-05-2008 11:25 PM
mixing african cichlids derbyno1 Cichlids 1 10-30-2007 07:55 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:27 AM.