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post #1 of 13 Old 10-09-2011, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
Starting another tank....

I just bought another 55 gallon tank and I want to do just 1 cichlid in it. (maybe a pair) I am thinking another EBJD or maybe a pair of severums. I am open to any suggestions of mid sized central/ south american cichlids. I can get almost any cichlids order in at my lfs. I will probably be doing a very lightly planted tank with a few pieces of driftwood. let me know with suggestions, Thanks

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post #2 of 13 Old 10-09-2011, 10:34 PM
How bout a Green Terror or a group of Convicts.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-10-2011, 07:57 PM
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A pair of severums get a bit too big IMO. I would look for fish that don't pass the 8in mark. That will ensure they do not outgrow the tank. Plants will limit you because most cichlids especially when breeding like to dig quite a bit. I would look ate blue acaras or festivum. Of corse I am partial to centrals. There are plenty of smaller centrals that would suit your tank and are very fun to watch and breed such as... cutteri, centrarchus, ellioti, rainbow cichlids, firemouth cichlids, sajica, and salvini. With some of the fish I suggested you may be able to do 2 pairs.

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post #4 of 13 Old 10-10-2011, 08:16 PM
I like rams aka rainbow cichlilids or just do a huge colony of shellies, like 50

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post #5 of 13 Old 10-10-2011, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
I went to my lfs today to see what they had and what caught my eye was a pair of Geophagus Jurupari. It was $100 for the pair. I really like how the geophagus is always picking up the substrate and looking for food. Also, what I thought was interesting was what rrcoolj suggested, a pair of T-bar cichlids (sajica).

I have already kept convicts and salvinis in the past. The green terror would be nice but I probably couldn't do a pair.

I haven't even filled the tank with water but I bought my filters today.

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post #6 of 13 Old 10-10-2011, 09:58 PM
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Actually when I said rainbow cichlids I meant herotilapia multispinosa. The jurupari get a bit too big for a 55 as nice as they are. I love sajica especially the males with their large nuchal humps. You could probably do a pair of those and a pair of rainbow cichlids too.

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-12-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
I think I might go with a pair of Firemouths

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post #8 of 13 Old 10-12-2011, 08:00 PM
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A pair of Caquetaia Myersi. I miss mine...a lot. Nice fish, google's yellowed out pictures don't do them justice. I saw mine at a fish store known for oddities, and passed it up. I spent a week thinking about it, and went back and got him.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-17-2011, 06:26 PM
If you go with Firemouths you could likely get away with 4-6 as long as you keep a reasonable male:female ratio.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-17-2011, 08:27 PM
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Firemouths are not mbunas. You cannot keep several females to males and expect them to get along. they form pairs and all it takes is for one pair to wreak havoc. That being said I would stick too no more than 4 fish or 2 pairs of meeki.

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