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RackinRocky 07-03-2012 11:51 PM

Who has Laetacara Curviceps?
Thinking about getting one of these guys. From what I read, they should do well in a community tank. Anyone having experience with them, I'd love to hear about it. Everything from personality, landscape needs, feeding to how they get along with other peaceful cichlids and other species.

Tazman 07-06-2012 09:05 AM

I had some ages ago.

Generally they are peaceful but can be aggressive to others when in breeding mode.

They absolutely require a dim light tank with a dark substrate, anything light and it will stress them out severely. Provide a piece of driftwood, live plants or a thick cover of plastic. If you want to keep a breeding pair then add a few flat rocks as they will use it as potential spawning site.

I had mine alone but with a group of tetras, they are quite timid but with a small shoal of tetra they come out a lot. They are very good at defending their territory and will quite happily go after larger fish if they feel their territory is being invaded.

Just remember while being a peaceful cichlid it is still a cichlid so some care must be taken as their aggression cannot be changed.

I fed mine on cichlid flakes, supplemented with peas (deshelled), carrots and zucchini (which they loved)

Keep the water flow to a minimum as they live in very slow moving streams naturally. They also require soft water and a pH of around 6.5 is ideal for them.

RackinRocky 07-06-2012 11:30 PM

Tazman, thanks for the info! I read they can adjust to a PH of 8.0, which is what I have. My water is also hard. I plan on only having one, so there won't be any breeding going on. My substrate is a mix of pea pebbles that are anywhere from tan colored to dark brown. Would that be considered dark enough? I have live plants, and plan on getting more. I wonder if they might not be right for me, if they prefer softer water. Anyone keep them in harder water?

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