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Calmwaters 11-17-2011 01:26 PM

Dwarf cichlid?
 
Hi everyone just a few questions. First could I put Pelvicachromis Pulcher (Kribensis) and Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Cockatoo Cichlid) in a 55 gallon together? If so what female/male ratio and how many total of each could I do? I also have 8 black neon tetra, 4 albino cory cat, 1 coradorus duplicarius, I know I need more of this corys but can't seem to find them again locally I had 4 at one time but they passed away, and 1 honey gourami. The tank will be heavely planted with caves and hiding areas before I add these guys if I add them. I also thought about angel fish but am afraid they will eat my neons. Also if I can do both which would you recommend for this set up ph is 7.5 hardness is 8 if I remember right.

Byron 11-17-2011 06:03 PM

Apistogramma cacatuoides is best in a harem, one male and 2-3 females. In a 55g you can likely have two males and 5-6 females. Make sure there is clear definition of the substrate for territories, using bogwood and plants preferably.

I am not a fan of more than one cichlid species in a tank unless it is very large. The above species will be OK with your other fish mentioned, although at spawning there will be some minor aggression as with any cichlid.

Pelvicachromis pulcher is best in pairs, and in a 55g one pair. At 4 inches this is not a "small" fish, particularly given its aggression when spawning. Some sources mention smaller fish being eaten, it may depend upon the fish.

Calmwaters 11-17-2011 06:49 PM

Thanks Byron I will see which I can find here local and go with that one because I like them both. And just to be clear I could have the 2 male/6 female Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides) Profile with my current fish correct? Also do you think it would be ok to add the other corys when I can get them and maybe 4 more black neon for a group of 12 black neons, maybe 6 albino corys, and 6 cory duplicarius?

Byron 11-17-2011 06:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Calmwaters (Post 896015)
Thanks Byron I will see which I can find here local and go with that one because I like them both. And just to be clear I could have the 2 male/6 female Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides) Profile with my current fish correct? Also do you think it would be ok to add the other corys when I can get them and maybe 4 more black neon for a group of 12 black neons, maybe 6 albino corys, and 6 cory duplicarius?

Yes to all questions. You could stay with 8 black neon and find another tetra too (7-8). I like mixing species when they are compatible, it adds more interest not only in colour but behaviours within species shoals. And other cory species, though I would up the C. duplicareus if you ever see them, they are rare but one of the most distinctive corys in my view.

Calmwaters 11-17-2011 07:31 PM

Thats a great idea Byron! What other tetra would you suggest that you think would look nice? I have been trying to get the corys for a while now but have not had much luck but will definatly add more when I find them at least the duplicaious seems to hang out with the albinos and is not staying by himself.

fryup 11-18-2011 01:50 PM

both stunning fish when showing breeding colours, i have succesfully bred kribs, but its very easy to do


:):):)

Calmwaters 11-18-2011 02:01 PM

I called the LFS to see if they can order either of them for me and how much they would be so I am waiting on a call back from them to see what I end up with.

fryup 11-18-2011 02:10 PM

if you lived aroud be me in the UK i sell them at 1 ...aprox $1.25, due to the fact that i breed loads


:):):)

Calmwaters 11-18-2011 02:14 PM

If I loved close to you I would take you up on that offer. LOL ; )

fryup 11-18-2011 02:27 PM

well i have to pairs (at the shop) both of wich the females are albino so we get aproximatly 50-50 on the fry been albino and normal colour :):):)


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