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Tyyrlym 08-14-2008 01:26 PM

Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid Compatability
I've heard that cockatoo dwarf cichlid can be added to a community aquarium and do well. Is this true? How territorial can these fish be? How territorial would they be if only a single male or female was kept but not a mating pair? Do they have any special water requirements?

iamntbatman 08-14-2008 02:05 PM

These fish are pretty docile towards other fish but can get really aggressive towards one another, especially come breeding time.

Generally these fish like a pH between 6 and 6.5 with a temp of 80-85.

The problem is that it's almost impossible to buy a single one of these fish from either aquabid or a LFS, as they tend to only sell them in pairs. Normally I wouldn't be quite so picky about the care requirements, but the $40-$60 price tag for a pair of these keeps me from buying them.

Tyyrlym 08-14-2008 02:55 PM

The pairs thing is a problem. I like them but if I have to buy a pair of them I'd rather not deal with them causing problems in the tank when they decide to breed.

Temp isn't a problem but pH might be since mine is 7.5.

Oh well, I've gotta stop liking territorial fish. RTBS, Blue Rams, now Cockatoo Dwarfs, too many fish not enough territory.

redpaulhus 08-14-2008 03:22 PM

I've generally had good luck with them with most small community fish. I wouldn't mix them with slightly larger fishes like adult male blue or gold gourami's, but I've had no problems with most tetras, etc.

The price and "pairs vs single fish" bit seems to be somewhat based on location - in my area, alot of LFS sell individual apistos for about $10 - $15 each, and local breeders often sell pairs thru the local fish club for $10 - $25 per pair.
I've even seen nice pairs go for about $7 each at our auctions... :oops:

Tyyrlym 08-14-2008 03:32 PM

I'll look around for solo cockatoos. I'd like a male but the females are good looking too and wouldn't object to either. I may be... I probably am, pushing my luck already with a blue ram and a RTBS in my plans.

okiemavis 08-14-2008 07:13 PM

I'd say you'd run into trouble housing them with a ram and an RTBS. They're fine with quick shoalers, but other territorial fish are a bad idea, unless you have a really large tank.

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