Question about Compatibility
So I have had my 55 (170 L??) gallon tank up and running for awhile now (well over a month) and so far only have a single Electric Blue "Ahli" cichlid. After searching Google for awhile I have gotten mixed results on what exactly an "Ahli" is.. is it this: Hemichromis bimaculatus or Sciaenochromis fryeri? Mine looks like the latter; Sciaenochromis fryeri but i'm still confused?
I was wondering what fish (cichlids of course) are compatible with an Electric Blue Ahli? And how many should I stock? I really like the look and idea of having a bright blue fish with a bright yellow fish; maybe a Yellow Lab?
Also; what's a good substrate for these guys? I need something sorta sandy almost.... the Ahli likes to bury himself/herself and I don't want it to get hurt. :)
Also forgot to say that I keep my water at 78°F (~25°C) and all my levels (pH, ammo, nitrate, nitrite, etc) are looking great thus far.
Hemichromis Bimaculatus is the Jewel Cichlid. Pet solutions put the wrong name on the Ahli page. Other than that I cant be much help as I dont know much about most Africans, I just know Jewels because they are usually kept with Americans.
You could put yellow labs in with the ahli since they are both Malawi, supposing of course that it is the Sciaenochromis fryeri the other one you post is not a Malawi so I do not know what would work as tankmates. General rule of thumb, try to keep fish that are native to the same lake/area together and not mix the lakes; at least as far as Afrcans are concerned.
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