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saganco 11-29-2006 06:26 PM

Would this combination of cichlids work ok?
Would this combination work?
Aequidens portalegrensis (Port Acara)
Cryptoheros sajica (T-Bar Cichlid)
Herotilapia multispinosa (Rainbow Cichlid)
Firemouth (edit: removed from the option list)
Archocentrus sp. (Honduran Red Point)

I have a 65g with a 36x18 footprint - lots of rock formations (caves and tunnels) and some plants (in pots). My ph is 7.8, I have a fluval 405 filter, and am looking for as many mating pairs of fish as possible with no problems as a result (I'm thinking 3 pair is possible, but would 4 be too many?). I'm solid on the Rainbow Cichlid and the T-Bar, the others are optional. I was thinking of Bosemani Rainbows and Rainbow Sharks (both regular and albino) as tank mates. (seems to be a recurring theme of "rainbow" here!) What do you experienced cichlidites think? What would you recommend based on these preferences and my tank specs?

Thank you, thank you...

Lupin 11-29-2006 07:32 PM

I can't comment on some cichlids as I haven't kept them but I wouldn't get firemouths. They spawn and you'll have problems with them. They are quite belligerent.
As for rainbow sharks, I wouldn't get them either. They are far too aggressive and will secure their territories. Synodontis species are your other options. Try Synodontis eupterus or Synodontis petricolas.:)

saganco 12-02-2006 11:03 AM

Yeah, after more reading, have decided to take the Firemouths out of the list of possibilities. I am solid on the Rainbow cichlid pair and the T-Bar pair. I would like to look into the Honduran Red Points, but may have to choose between them and the T-Bars if they interbreed. I need more guidance from the pros!
Thanks in advance anyone who can weigh in on the cichlid compatibility for me!

Daz 12-03-2006 09:54 AM

Hello Sagenco,

Firstly it's Cichlidophile not cichlidites. But by the by, Pair of Rainbows and the T bars they will be fine until they get frisky. Rainbows TBH ar'nt the most striking of Cics they are quite playful amongst themselves. Not familair with the Hondurans. After a quick google there quite nice little critters. BUT putting 2 seperate pairs in a tank of that size and hoping they breed your only going to end up with 2.

Gump 12-03-2006 12:58 PM

If you kept all males or females you should be fine. just make sure you have enough territories for each one.

saganco 12-03-2006 02:17 PM

dlil, I'm confused a bit (oh thanks for correcting my language, I'm very new to this part of fishkeeping!). You said, "BUT putting 2 seperate pairs in a tank of that size and hoping they breed your only going to end up with 2". Can you please explain what you mean a little more?

I know they aren't THE most beautiful of cics, but they are peaceful enough and most of the pics I've seen - they look pretty nice (grant, not like the mbuna's and such, but they they won't tear each other apart either - I'm too softhearted to watch that in my tank, especially when they are so beautiful).

Help me understand the pair issue you mentioned. Also, if anyone has some colorful ideas for tank mates, I'm all ears. I don't know if I should go with something like bosemani rainbows or something more like some barbs. These being fairly mild mannered cics, barbs may be too much, and tetras may be too meek. Any suggestions?

Daz 12-03-2006 03:15 PM

If you put seperate breeding pairs in the tank you will possibly end up with only one pair. Colourful peaceful Cics Salvinis.

saganco 12-03-2006 08:07 PM

Oh, I forgot to ask if there are ANY shrimp that would survive and live well in this tank with the listed tankmates? I just adore shrimp and hope there is a candidate who will fare well with these cichlids and tank mates... PLEASE!!??

jsm11482 12-03-2006 08:10 PM

i think amano's would work at least until the fish get big enough to eat 'em!

saganco 12-07-2006 11:39 AM

Good dither fish options for the Cryptoheros sajica (T-Bar Cichlid) and Herotilapia Multispinosa (Rainbow Cichlid) pairs might be??

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. Perhaps some of the prettier Rainbowfish that can tolerate our ph of 7.8? I'm open to some pretty, but not nippy options here...

You guys rock! Thanks again for all your help!

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