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Would this combination of cichlids work ok?

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Would this combination of cichlids work ok?
Old 12-07-2006, 05:03 PM   #11
 
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I would like (IF POSSIBLE) for my beautiful Rainbow Sharks to be part of the group. I have two in my 55g live bearer tank, but 2 isn't a good number, one is always stressed by the other one, but they don't seem to bother anyone else at all.
Rainbows are quite belligerent esepcially among themselves. It is advisable to keep only one in a spacious tank.:)
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:48 PM   #12
 
Bummer, guess I'll leave one in each tank then.

What other good dithers (rainbowfish good?) for these cichlids and my yo-yo loaches?

What other cleaning crew? Non pleco choices please, hubby for some reason just doesn't like them.
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:52 PM   #13
 
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Bummer, guess I'll leave one in each tank then.

What other good dithers (rainbowfish good?) for these cichlids and my yo-yo loaches?

What other cleaning crew? Non pleco choices please, hubby for some reason just doesn't like them.
Try Lamprichthys tanganicanus. They are killifish and they will also tolerate high pH(if your water's pH is high) very well and originate from Lake Tanganyika. Never tried them so that's a suggestion. I'm not sure if they are available in your area.
If not, go with rainbows. Try Red Rainbows.:)
I wouldn't try loaches. They are just out of your cichlids' league. Synodontis catfish are good options if not plecs. There are Synodontis eupterus, Synodontis petricola and Synodontis multipunctatus to boot.
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:29 PM   #14
 
Thanks Blue, I'll look into those other fish. What did you mean when you said that loaches are out of my cichlid's league? Yo-yo loaches don't get really big from what I've read...
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:03 PM   #15
 
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Thanks Blue, I'll look into those other fish. What did you mean when you said that loaches are out of my cichlid's league? Yo-yo loaches don't get really big from what I've read...
They just don't look quite right when mixed with Central American cichlids.:) Would prefer mixing them with other Asian fishes like the cyprinids.:)
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:40 PM   #16
 
shouldnt this be in the cichlid sub-forum
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:43 PM   #17
 
Cichlid sub forum... you are right! It was a newbie goof up - I meant to put it there. MOD, can you move this thread please? Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:47 PM   #18
 
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Cichlid sub forum... you are right! It was a newbie goof up - I meant to put it there. MOD, can you move this thread please? Thanks!
Done at your request.:)
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Old 12-15-2006, 11:50 PM   #19
 
I have a breeding pair of HRP's right now, the eggs were laid Tuesday night and this is Friday night. My questions are
1) The poor male has been banished from the "breeding corner" of the tank (right in the corner against the side and back of the tank) - he seems terribly bored and loney. Can I add two rainbowfish to the tank to add a little activity to the upper part of the tank (24" tall tank)
2) Would the mom be too upset if I did so - or would either of them try to hurt the rainbowfish?
3) Would I be better off with a siamese algae eater or a catfish of some kind - and if catfish, may as well go with something that would be of value at the LFS if I could get them to breed.
Sorry for so many more questions!
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:44 AM   #20
 
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1) The poor male has been banished from the "breeding corner" of the tank (right in the corner against the side and back of the tank) - he seems terribly bored and loney. Can I add two rainbowfish to the tank to add a little activity to the upper part of the tank (24" tall tank)
Yes.:) Your tank is 65 gallons so the rainbows have a chance to escape being attacked by your cichlids. Be sure to provide more plants so the male Honduran will have a chance to seek refuge if ever the female may attack him.
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2) Would the mom be too upset if I did so - or would either of them try to hurt the rainbowfish?
Answer is above.:) Provide lots of plants and your female cichlid won't be upset too easily by the activities going on during her care for her fry.
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3) Would I be better off with a siamese algae eater or a catfish of some kind - and if catfish, may as well go with something that would be of value at the LFS if I could get them to breed.
If not otos or SAEs, bristlenose would be your other option. As mentioned in your other thread, they are hardy and quite easy to breed. Just provide them with lots of hiding places. They are quite aggressive when matured but given lots of hiding places, they may not. My BN still sticks to her territory all the time which is the largest bogwood situated at the back of my tank.
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Sorry for so many more questions!
Don't apologize.:) If you have more to ask, feel free.
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