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jsm11482 08-13-2006 02:27 PM

Larger fish with Cichlids
Hi, as many of you know I am in the process of purchasing and setting up a new aquarium (90g). I am going to put cichlids in, but was wondering if there are any larger fish that I could mix in there? I know the cichlids will grow in time but I would like to start some bigger fish in there. Are there any I can mix in?

joeshmoe 08-13-2006 04:46 PM

a pleco

jsm11482 08-13-2006 04:51 PM

let me rephrase that. a larger, non-pleco fish. if i was to put a larger malawi cichlid in with smaller ones, i assume it would eat it...right?

joeshmoe 08-13-2006 07:22 PM

My be a eel or some kind of mono or scat.

Lupin 08-13-2006 07:23 PM

Tinfoil barbs or leporinus(although they need to be in shoals).
What was the size of your tank? If 150 gallons, leporinus will fit in number of 4.

jsm11482 08-13-2006 08:37 PM

90gal...i think im gonna start with a group of 5(?) yellow labs. recommendations?

joeshmoe 08-13-2006 08:44 PM

i heard they breed alot. (just letting u know)

Lupin 08-13-2006 09:16 PM

Yellow Labs are one of the most peaceful mbunas. At least, inaggressive.
You can go with those but you can't keep plants as they will turn your plants into salad.

jsm11482 08-13-2006 09:23 PM

:( i really wanted plants. what else can i put in the tank to give a natural look (other than lace rock, which i am already planning on)?

Lupin 08-13-2006 09:30 PM

You can't put plants in your tank if you want Yellow Labs. Malawian cichlids are known to eat or uproot the plants depending on their dietary requirements.
Yellow Labs will definitely eat your plants.
Why not try discus, altum angelfish, tetras, apistos and cories? With a tank that size, you can put all those fish altogether but try to look if some tetras tolerate the hgh temps which the discus requires.
You can put plants in there.:)

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