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post #1 of 7 Old 06-10-2016, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
New with Cichlids

Hello everyone, in the near future I may buy a 75 or 90 gallon aquarium. I need advice on stocking since I want to have a variety of cichlids and I generally have read mixed comments on various compatibilities. I definitely want to have at least one severum, and others I've had interest include blue acaras, festivums, key holes, and blood parrots. Would it work out having one of each or no? Or is it best to a have a small group of 2-3 species only? I'd also add a school of dither fish, but I'm not sure which kind yet.
If you guys have an suggestions for other fish to consider(doesn't have to be cichlids) please let me know!

I'm also not interested in breeding, I want to avoid it because of agression.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-10-2016, 11:27 PM
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For dithers, I'd recommend colombian tetras. A nice looking fish, grows a good size, able to stand its ground and rather interesting (IMO). Plus they are hardy!

As for the cichlids, I personally think that mixing these species could be a hit or a miss; cichlids aren't the easiest species to put in the one tank since each fish seems to have its own personalities.
The good think about blood parrots is that they are infertile (so no breeding) and their mouths are deformed so they are unable to cause significant damage to each other. However that can also be a downside, as they want to stand their ground to the bossier cichlids but unable to. Also many "fish purists" don't like parrots since they are a hybird, so its worth mentioning that they are a hybrid if you didn't know already.

As for the other cichlids, I'm not sure... Never had them before.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-18-2016, 11:43 AM
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There is a forum called monsterfishkeepers that is super active and there are a ton of cichlid owners. You might go over and ask your question there.


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Looks like aussieJJDude did a pretty good job of answering the question here. Do you work for MFK, or just troll for them ? :)
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Looks like aussieJJDude did a pretty good job of answering the question here. Do you work for MFK, or just troll for them ? :)
I've been on this forum for several years now, off for some time but back in again, and noticed that it is not nearly as active as it once was. Hopefully that will pick up. Again, I'm just giving someone another resource that I have found helpful particularly with large cichlids. Why would that matter?

I guess I should only post when I have direct experience with the fish in question vs. trying to help out. Isn't that what a forum is for? Or do you think it's a place to pick on people?


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*5 gallon planted with "Falkor" OHMPK dragon male betta with a nerite snail
*15 gallon planted work tank with "Achilles" EEHMPK male betta, pygmy cories, amano shrimp
*2.5 gallon planted work tank with "Radius" HM mustard gas male betta, cherry shrimp
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Looks like aussieJJDude did a pretty good job of answering the question here. Do you work for MFK, or just troll for them ? :)

I've also noticed the lack of activity...no need to insult over someone helping, I notice you didn't give anything useful in the least, Gremlin. People are perfectly able to be on both places at once, I hang out on several forums and if anyone tried to force me to stick to one, they'd be left in the dust! It will up their chances of more answers to boot. I've seen some questions simply go unanswered, permanently, so it NEVER hurts to have multiple places to go, and if people get offended by it, they simply admit defeat for the place they like...so basically, work to fix it, not run off more people with insults and make it even less active. Prior to a big battle a couple years ago this place was full of activity, so OBVIOUSLY that kind of attitude isn't helping anyone.

Personally, I like this forum, I try to help wherever I am able. It's a lot better than it used to be without so many nasty people attacking, but some still exist, obviously, and most of the rest are just gone leaving the place less active. The make-over will draw in people, but the members are like to drive them away acting like that!

To answer the question: Unfortunately I don't have as much info on South American Cichlids, I keep Africans. A lot in all areas just don't mix. I have a nice mixed peacock tank I'm very proud of. =) Have a mixed Mbuna tank I wish I hadn't mixed. lol Sometimes mixing can end up in....someone going on a killing spree. A lot of times it depends on space, proper groups and territories, and proper hiding without crowding some other type with it should they prefer more open space etc.



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Hello everyone, in the near future I may buy a 75 or 90 gallon aquarium. I need advice on stocking since I want to have a variety of cichlids and I generally have read mixed comments on various compatibilities. I definitely want to have at least one severum, and others I've had interest include blue acaras, festivums, key holes, and blood parrots. Would it work out having one of each or no? Or is it best to a have a small group of 2-3 species only? I'd also add a school of dither fish, but I'm not sure which kind yet.
If you guys have an suggestions for other fish to consider(doesn't have to be cichlids) please let me know!

I'm also not interested in breeding, I want to avoid it because of agression.
All the ones you listed should get along ok but not all would fit at once. For a 75 or 90 gallon I would pick 2 or 3 of the ones you listed. Severum can get to about 8-10" depending on which type so I would stick to just one. There are some beautiful electric blue Acara that top out at about 5-6". Festivum do best in groups. So for an idea, maybe 1 severum, 1 Acara and a group of 6 schooling fish such as the tetras mentioned. Or a group of 3-4 keyhole or a group of festival and maybe some cories for the bottom. Anyway, research the fish you're interested in and ask questions.

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