Originally Posted by Micromax
Iv wanted to put cichlids in but due to being told by my pet shop not to iv steered clear. Do you have any pics of a Bolivian Ram
? How many dwarfs could i keep going off what i said earlier?
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For pics, we have fish profiles here, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page; in posts if the name (scientific or common) is the same as in the profile, it will be shaded (example Bolivian Ram
)and you can click on it to see that profile. One or more photos are included with each profile, plus all the info on needs, compatibility, minimum tank size, tankmates, water issues, group numbers, etc.
On the dwarfs, in a 60g which I will assume is 4 feet in length, you have some options. Bolivians could manage with 2 pairs, or a single pair, or just one fish as explained in the profile. Other dwarfs such as those in Apistogramma vary a bit, some do best as pairs, but many work as harems (one male, 2-3 females of a species), and 2 species are possible in 4 feet. Plenty of bogwood, rock, etc and plants to create "territories" that break up the line of sight is necessary. No mention is made of water parameters, and care has to be given to some of the Apisto as they are wild caught and require soft slightly acidic water. From your livebearers in the list i would assume you have basic hard water. Bolivians are fine (avoiding extreme hardness) and Apistogramma cacauoides as an example.
Many stores consider "cichlids" to be rift lake cichlids, and the South American dwarf species are quite different. However, a cichlid is still a cichlid, and males are territorial. Usually they don't bother other fish much, except when spawning--and with any cichlid, a pair will mean regular spawns, guaranteed.
I agree with those who recommended increasing some of hte danio and tetra species, minimum 6, preferably more, and you have space for 7-8 of each (the 10 neons is very good). And rainbows are also shoaling fish, needing a group for best health.