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post #1 of 12 Old 07-12-2007, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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SA cichlids

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i have a quick question, what SA cichlid would you reccomend for a 55 gallon community tank

i know dwarf cichlids like the cockatoo are an option, Id just something a little bigger if that possible
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-12-2007, 10:56 PM
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I'd go with German Blue Rams. Cockatoos aren't bad. Keyholes?

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-12-2007, 11:05 PM
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I've found apistos to be touchy, but if you're looking for larger, Geophagus Brasiliensis.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-12-2007, 11:32 PM
Keyholes, portulaguensis(port cichlids), Geo. balsani, juripari's, braziliensis, a pair of discus, festivums, nicaraguense(at least for a little while), blue acara, ..........
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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i was thinking keyholes, but i love blue acaras, would they be too aggressive with some tetras or hatchetfish, and would a pair be alright?
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 07:36 AM
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I would say pick some geophagus or satanoperca species. Many species that you could track down if you have a decent cichlid supplier around.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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ok hubby is set on more/smaller fish so dwarfs it is

now can i mix them and have a group of keyholes and a group of cockatoos

maybe a trio of keyholes and 5ish cockatoos
some cories and a school of smaller fish either hatchets or black tetras?
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 01:19 PM
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If you want to do a large number of cichlids, I would recommend starting with a high level swimmer, say hatchets and tetras and work on the vegetation. The dwarf cichlids are generally peaceful, just when it comes to spawning they do get aggressive, so you need the vegetation to give them some cover to prevent them from constant fighting during this time. The keyholes are open spawners while the cockatoos will prefer caves, so you need to accomodate the tank for both.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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ok thank you

i have been calling around and none of the lps have either and are unsure if they can order them (unless i want 100+ then its no problem :D )

so my back up plan is to research the festivums, severums and acaras, they are the locally available breeds that i have seen

bolivian rams and gold rams are available and i like them

does anyone have any cichlids with their tetra or hatchetfish schools? if so what type and how are they with schools of fishes?


my hubby really wants a community tank, hes making this difficult :D
if i had it my way id have some bristlenose plecos and a jack dempsey!
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post #10 of 12 Old 07-13-2007, 02:19 PM
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I wouldn't keep any of the 3 (festivums, severums, and acaras) with tetras or hatchets.
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