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luke22 12-09-2013 08:41 AM

dwarf cockatoo cichlid
 
hi guys im in need of advice lol. i have a 43 gallon tank with 2 zebra angels in there atm i am looking at getting some form of cat fish?? and i want to get some dwarf cockatoos aswell will they all go together??? thanks for your advice

jaysee 12-09-2013 11:00 PM

Yes, angels, apistos and corys should all get along nicely in a tank of your size.

luke22 12-10-2013 03:22 AM

Ok thank you I heard I should get them in groups as well is that true?
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jaysee 12-10-2013 08:07 AM

The apistos? They are often sold as trios, sometimes as a reverse trio (2m1f). Or you can try 3 males - they are the colorful ones. Depends on what it is you wish to see of the fish. A trio is a breeding group, so if you want to experience that then that's what you should go with, possibly even adding another female or two for the haram experience. If you want pretty fish that spar from time to time (also interesting, and totally natural behavior), then go with 3 males.

Stocking has a large trial and error component to it. These forums are nice and all, but the pitfall is that many people don't find things out for themselves, so their understanding of the hobby becomes very myopic. People can get wrapped up in theories, but there's always a gap between theory and practice. While it is our goal to prevent people from having problems, dealing with problems is how we learn. So don't be afraid of trying things, as long as you've done some homework :-)

luke22 12-10-2013 08:22 AM

ok thank you i looked into ordering them from my local fish shop and they said it was 30to 40 pound a fish lol so i wont be getting cockatoos they said they get rams alot what are they like? and is there any other cichlid that will go with angels? sorry lol i just love the coloring and shape of them lol.thats why im trying to do im reading up on loads of things atm for fish i wont be buying anymore till after xmas so want to get a good understanding of what im getting into with these cichlids lol

jaysee 12-10-2013 08:39 AM

Yeah that's ridiculously expensive. Rams are much the same (care and behavior wise) but much cheaper.

Any mild mannered cichlids that stay near the bottom will work. I think rams are your best choice. If you like the shape of the apistos, then maybe try kribensis cichlids. While African, they are not your typical African and are much better suited to a community tank.

luke22 12-10-2013 08:47 AM

Ok thanks will prob go for rams there a nice colouring lol. Will they be ok will fine gravel? Going to get some slate and a little cave with some spikey moss and java ferns and I haven't found any other plants yet
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jaysee 12-10-2013 08:57 AM

Yeah they'll be fine. Corys too probably, as long as the gravel is smooth.

luke22 12-10-2013 09:02 AM

Yeah I do want some city's they help clean don't they? And yeah the gravel is very fine I ant a great lover of the pebble stuff it's the closest they had to sand in the shop lol
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jaysee 12-10-2013 09:09 AM

The corys will eat the food that makes it to the substrate. They will eat the excess food, but should not have to rely on scraps. If you want something to clean up leftovers, I would get trumpet snails. They will eat the food that falls through the cracks, which the corys won't get.


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