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anotherred 08-01-2007 09:19 PM

will these work together
Turn a well established 55g into a cichlid tank today. The local pet store was rather useless. I asked which ones are more compatible than others and he said don't put the big ones with the small ones. Well no S***, so this is what I ended up with:
2 Kribensis
2 Jewel
2 Electric yellow
1 Chipokae
Will these work together?

Also the next time I get to pick from:
black convict
Turquois severum
Any other ones to look out for?

herefishy 08-01-2007 09:28 PM

Ix-nay on the chipokees, they can be downright ornery. They do best in a species tank or with fish with the same temperment.
If you are looking to have a little more harmont in the tank, I would use a ratio of 1m to 2-3f.
I would also stay away from the arautus, again alittle more to the aggressive side. The convict doesn't seem to fit into your scheme of African cichlids. Nor does the severum. The acii and the peacock will work. You may want to look for kenyii, zebras, feulleborni, trawavassee, or other milder mannered mbuna for your tank.

anotherred 08-01-2007 09:35 PM

Does that mean dont release the chipokae? If he isn't going to work I hate to try to catch him on the loose. When I was watching him at the store he didn't seem real aggressive and is the best looking (some blue & yellow, just a good looking fish) of the fish I got.

Lupin 08-01-2007 09:44 PM

You can't mix Lake Malawi cichlids with other cichlids of different origins other than their own. Remove the Jewel cichlids(Hemichromis bimaculatum). They will not suit your other fish.

Cons breed like rabbits and can wreak havoc to the community. Sevs are very peaceful and will not tolerate being harassed by your other fish.

anotherred 08-01-2007 09:56 PM

Where is the jewels from? They had them listed as African Cichlids. Looks like I'm down to 4 out of 7.

Lupin 08-01-2007 10:22 PM


Originally Posted by anotherred
Where is the jewels from? They had them listed as African Cichlids. Looks like I'm down to 4 out of 7.

They originate from Africa, of course.

dreesa 08-04-2007 11:28 PM

I had a male chipokae, until he died about a year ago. He was last of my first african tank, and I would say my favorite by far. As someone above mentioned though, they can be downright nasty. They're color changing displays are awesome, and they are a true fighter. You'll really appreciate that fish, so I'd suggest focusing your tank around that fish more. Make sure you keep some of the tougher similar species though. A little aggressive behavior between cichlids is completely natural, as long as you have lots of structure for the fish to establish territories. The most important part is dividing up the bottom of the tank and having the open swimming space concentrated in the top half of the tank.

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