Has anyone heard of keeping Rainbow fish with certain species of cichlids? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 7 Old 08-27-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Question Has anyone heard of keeping Rainbow fish with certain species of cichlids?

I was reading several articles online about turquoise rainbow fish (I have a pair) and I was looking up potential tankmates for them when I move them to their new tank(currently have them in a 46 gallon-will be moving them to a 55 gallon or larger in a couple of months), when I came across several articles that suggested certain species of cichlids as tankmates. Some recommendations were... Firemouths, Jack Dempseys, some African Lake cichlid species. My question: Is this really possible?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-31-2013, 10:56 AM
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I keep rainbows with cichlids and think that they are a great match. Just curious - what led you to believe that it might not be?

I suggest you look at a 75 for an upgrade, rather than the 55. The difference is that the 75 is 18 inches wide and the 55 is 12 inches wide. That's a big difference that the rainbows (you'll be getting more I hope....) and whatever cichlids you get will really enjoy.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 12:34 AM
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I keep my Rainbowfish (Boesemani, Turquoise and Australian) with a Bolivian Ram and a Kribensis. Never seen a bit of aggression among any of them.
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20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 05:31 AM
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There is an Australian Rainbowfish!!! Wow, i learnt something new (I knew that rainbows existed in aus, but i never knew there was a Australian Rainbow)!!!

I really agree with jaysee there isn't much of a difference between a 55G and a 75, but the 75G is worth it! Not only are you allowing more fishly room, but it easier to scape a 75 then it is a 55! Trust me, 55G are so narrow!

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 07:57 AM
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Most rainbow species come from down under..... Australian rainbows are probably the cheapest (a few bucks) seeing as other species can call more than $20 per fish.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 08:49 AM
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Yes They do need a min 48" tank length, and even at that length they reach the other end very quickly. My Boesemani love to race the tank length. I keep mine with Congo Tetras. Have you considered those?
I wouldn't keep them with African Cichlids, jmo. South American maybe. Only something that is more social/docile.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-02-2013, 09:10 AM
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I agree, 48" is a minimum for the larger species of rainbows.... Though after moving mine from a 4 ft to a 6 ft tank, I would not keep them in a 4 ft if I didn't have to. Many people get them not knowing how large they really get, and large active fish need room.
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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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