My african recommendations
Here are some great africans cichlids that have low aggression
and nice colors:
Pseudotropheus acei, a great fish that tend to hang around the surface a lot of the time.
Labidochromis caeruleus, amazing yellow and a peacful fish.
Neolamprologus leleupi, beautiful orange, nice and small but they can be very agressive to their own species but good with larger fish.
Aulonocara hansbaenschi, one of the most colorful and peacful africans you can buy, but watch out they may get bullied by other fish.
The ones to avoid:
Melanochromis Auratus, most Melanochromis are very aggressive but these can be psychotic.
Pseudotropheus lombard, these are stunning but like to pick fights with every fish in the tank.
(note these fish are great in same species tanks with a male to female ratio)
These are just my recommendations from personal experience , I have kept all these fish. African cichlids really have different personalities so you may get an acei that is aggressive or an auratus that is quite peacful.
Good luck with these cute little terrors from Africas great lakes :D
Did you ever have an african cichlid change sex on you.I have I had a tank full of males and suddenly one large male developed egg spots.Then layed eggs and then I had tank full of babies.I gave most away
I have never heard of that happening befor but alot of exotic fish tand to that is there is not enough males
Let me add to your list, Moorriis, bumblebees, trewavasees, feulleborni, venustus, pindonis, peacocks, ......
Leluepis can get pretty aggressive if some other fish invades their territory, as can julies.
Other bad boys, chipokees, compressiseps,.....
I do disagree with your comments on the Kenyii. I have them and the are not any more boistrous than zebras, accii, and many others.
There are so many more that I would like to add, but I'm afraid that I would get carpal tunnel before I finished. lol :doh!:
Yeah I agree...way too many to mention so I just typed the ones I tend to keep. Thanks of reminding me of the venustus, a stunning fish need quit a big tank though. Those Leluepis can be really mean but I have found keeping them with large cichlids works as for the kenyii mine have always been agressive but as I say every fish is different.
do you guys use crushed coral to keep the ph high? or some other method?
I use a ph buffer but i know of alot of people who put crushed coral in their canisters.
I use crushed coral in some of the older tanks and in the newer tanks I have used Eco-Complete Cichlid gravel. I also filter over coral in some tanks.
Or maybe a Tilapia Buttikoferi. Great single fish to have if you want to go big: 10-14 inches. They are highly aggressive and have very very distinct personalities. I love mine. They do not play well with others, though I've heard that they will allow other fish depending on their personality. Mine has let bottom feeders only stay. All other fish were wiped out within a few days of introduction to the tank. (I wasn't informed of their disposition at the fish store).
Extremely smart: will sort rocks and pebbles by size, shape, and color. Don't bother arranging your tank before introduction. Buttikoferi's have their own opinion of design and will rearrange the entire tank to suit their mood. Live plants are out as they will eat them in a matter of days.
Their personalities are so pronounced, it's like having a dog or cat...you can't pet or walk. They greet you the minute you walk into the room and are very attentive. And mean. But I love that.
sorry to rain on your parade but every cichlid behaves in this manner to some extent.
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