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liz whiz 07-12-2007 09:45 PM

SA cichlids
hello all

i have a quick question, what SA cichlid would you reccomend for a 55 gallon community tank

i know dwarf cichlids like the cockatoo are an option, Id just something a little bigger if that possible

Lupin 07-12-2007 09:56 PM

I'd go with German Blue Rams.:mrgreen: Cockatoos aren't bad. Keyholes?

leifthebunny 07-12-2007 10:05 PM

I've found apistos to be touchy, but if you're looking for larger, Geophagus Brasiliensis.

herefishy 07-12-2007 10:32 PM

Keyholes, portulaguensis(port cichlids), Geo. balsani, juripari's, braziliensis, a pair of discus, festivums, nicaraguense(at least for a little while), blue acara, ..........

liz whiz 07-13-2007 06:17 AM

i was thinking keyholes, but i love blue acaras, would they be too aggressive with some tetras or hatchetfish, and would a pair be alright?

Gump 07-13-2007 06:36 AM

I would say pick some geophagus or satanoperca species. Many species that you could track down if you have a decent cichlid supplier around.

liz whiz 07-13-2007 10:24 AM

ok hubby is set on more/smaller fish so dwarfs it is

now can i mix them and have a group of keyholes and a group of cockatoos

maybe a trio of keyholes and 5ish cockatoos
some cories and a school of smaller fish either hatchets or black tetras?

leifthebunny 07-13-2007 12:19 PM

If you want to do a large number of cichlids, I would recommend starting with a high level swimmer, say hatchets and tetras and work on the vegetation. The dwarf cichlids are generally peaceful, just when it comes to spawning they do get aggressive, so you need the vegetation to give them some cover to prevent them from constant fighting during this time. The keyholes are open spawners while the cockatoos will prefer caves, so you need to accomodate the tank for both.

liz whiz 07-13-2007 12:36 PM

ok thank you

i have been calling around and none of the lps have either and are unsure if they can order them (unless i want 100+ then its no problem :D )

so my back up plan is to research the festivums, severums and acaras, they are the locally available breeds that i have seen

bolivian rams and gold rams are available and i like them

does anyone have any cichlids with their tetra or hatchetfish schools? if so what type and how are they with schools of fishes?

my hubby really wants a community tank, hes making this difficult :D
if i had it my way id have some bristlenose plecos and a jack dempsey!

Gump 07-13-2007 01:19 PM

I wouldn't keep any of the 3 (festivums, severums, and acaras) with tetras or hatchets.

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