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post #1 of 3 Old 03-15-2009, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Compatibility

So I have had my 55 (170 L??) gallon tank up and running for awhile now (well over a month) and so far only have a single Electric Blue "Ahli" cichlid. After searching Google for awhile I have gotten mixed results on what exactly an "Ahli" is.. is it this: Hemichromis bimaculatus or Sciaenochromis fryeri? Mine looks like the latter; Sciaenochromis fryeri but i'm still confused?

I was wondering what fish (cichlids of course) are compatible with an Electric Blue Ahli? And how many should I stock? I really like the look and idea of having a bright blue fish with a bright yellow fish; maybe a Yellow Lab?

Also; what's a good substrate for these guys? I need something sorta sandy almost.... the Ahli likes to bury himself/herself and I don't want it to get hurt. :)

Also forgot to say that I keep my water at 78F (~25C) and all my levels (pH, ammo, nitrate, nitrite, etc) are looking great thus far.


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post #2 of 3 Old 03-15-2009, 09:29 PM
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Hemichromis Bimaculatus is the Jewel Cichlid. Pet solutions put the wrong name on the Ahli page. Other than that I cant be much help as I dont know much about most Africans, I just know Jewels because they are usually kept with Americans.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-21-2009, 08:38 AM
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You could put yellow labs in with the ahli since they are both Malawi, supposing of course that it is the Sciaenochromis fryeri the other one you post is not a Malawi so I do not know what would work as tankmates. General rule of thumb, try to keep fish that are native to the same lake/area together and not mix the lakes; at least as far as Afrcans are concerned.
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