06-28-2011, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by rrcoolj
Never add cichlids in 2's or 3's because there will always be one that gets picked on. Are you planig on keeping pairs? Only one brichardi the other one would get killed. Again add more than 3 occelatus or one or 2 will get killed. And it's not a good idea for a beginner to mix shell sweller species especially species as aggressive as mulites and ocellatus. Ocellatus or so nasty I have seen a pair fend off a 6-8 FRONTOSA. Pick one shell dwelling species, one or two rock dwelling species and a mid water species. Trust me one species of shellie will leave you plenty of entertainment.
As long as the Brichardi are a mated pair they would not kill each other. I don't agree on the Occes either, I have seen 3-4 kept well as long as the M to F ratio is at least 1-1 preferably 1-2. I do agree that two types of shellies cannot be kept unless the tank is large enough to have separate territories. If I were setting up this tank I would probably do a group of shellies and a pair of julidochromis, along with a midwater dither fish.