Are Haps really aggressive?
Haps vs. Mumba (yes, I still haven't decided on fish!) I'm nervious about putting them in a 55g since they'll get 5-6 inches. I have no place to upgrade again unless we buy a new house so this is it. Oh, I have my cories in the tank and it's very planted. Ideas and thoughts?
Re: Are Haps really aggressive?
If you're looking for options that will work in a planted 55 with corys, here are some options for you:
Live bearers (mollys, swordtails, platy)
some of the rainbow fishes
Keep in mind that not all of these fish will mix, but there are a lot of options for a tank like that.
Things to stay away from in a 55:
silver dollars (also wouldl leat the plants)
other catfish (would eat the corys)
and anything else that gets over 4 inches in length or is aggressive and/or vegetarian
The important thing to remember when stocking a 55 is to realize that it is a very narrow tank, thus large fish have a difficult time being able to turn around once they get above 4 - 5 inches. The larger the fish the more waste and fewer fish, and 55 gallons is really not a lot of space for large waste producers. There are a few species of barbs that will chew on certain plants, but others, like odessa barbs, cherry barbs, gold barbs (great hair algae eaters) who don't bother plants and are awesome for color (they also wouldn't bother corys)
When describing African Rift Lake cichlids, the term timid is not included. Terms like boisterous, territorial, aggressive, unique, and diverse are tems that come to mind. Both Haplochomines and Mbuna are territorial and aggressive. I do have them mixed in a 300g Malawian tank. There is heavy rockwork which provides caves and a place for algae to grow since mbuna are primarily a grazing fish. Haps, on the other hand, tend to be a predator, eating whatever they can fit into their mouth. Basically an ambush predator, as exemplified by the markings of the venustus and conpressisseps. Can they be mixed? Sure. But all fish should be of the same size. Should they be mixed in a 55g tank? No.
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