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Desertfisherman 07-06-2010 10:29 PM

Tankmate question and story about it
I have two Krebensis, if i spelled it right, and one Albino Peacock Cichlid in my tank atm. The Albino is about two years old and has been living by himself for awhile after surviving two moves and a broken tank incident. So one of my kids was feeling bad for him and talked my wife into getting some more fish for the tank. It was only the Peacock at this point, Dan, in his bachelors pad. So my wife went out and got 6 Cardinal Tetras (R.I.P.) and an African Dwarf Frog. Well the tetras lasted six days. Dan enjoyed one a day till they were gone. However the African Dwarf Frog has lasted for about three weeks without any sign of him being harassed. I added the two Krebensis about a week ago and the frog actually shares the decoration that the two K's claimed. Is this I need to add another frog or two due to their social nature or just let it ride since this particular group seems to get along. Thanks.

kitten_penang 07-07-2010 09:50 AM

how many of what you put in a tank depends on the tank size.never overstock a tank.

iamntbatman 07-15-2010 04:30 AM

Welcome to TFK!

I think you might run into problems with that sort of stocking list. Peacock cichlids are African rift lake cichlids that prefer to be in very hard, alkaline water. Kribensis are also cichlids from Africa, but they're from the Congo basin and prefer softer, more acidic water. The dwarf frogs and cardinal tetras also prefer this type of water, but they may not be able to cohabitate with more aggressive, predatory fish like your cichlids. Do you know the sex of your kribensis? How old are they? How big is your tank? I ask these questions because, as time goes on, one of two things will happen: 1) if they're the opposite sex, they'll pair up, start to breed and get very aggressive or 2) if they're the same sex, they won't really get along and will need lots of space and decor to form territories as they mature.

It might be possible to keep the dwarf frogs with the kribensis in a softwater tank, but I would set up a second tank for the peacock. Do you know your pH and hardness? If your water is very hard and alkaline, it suits the peacock but not the others, if it's soft and acidic you would probably need to make the water more suited to the peacock but whatever the case may be, I wouldn't try to keep these fish all in one tank.

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