...the main fish in this tank will be a Black Ghost Knife...but I'd like to have a semi-biotope going...and I'd like a larger cichlid...Oscars are out because they're too destructive...so I need a milder, slightly smaller, slight less destructive species...
...everything I've researched to date suggests that the chocolate might fit the bill...so now I'm 'fishing' for personal experience of this fish...
Sev's being nicer to look at than Chocolates is a matter of opinion I have both, and honestly if I had to choose one, I'd choose Bernie my Choco over my pair of severums
To be honest, I don't think I'd trust ANY of the large CA cichlids with a ghost knife. Some of them are more peaceful than others, but that doesn't mean they're okay with community fish. When people state that such-and-such a cichlid is peaceful, it typically means its peaceful in comparison to other cichlids, not other tropical community fish. Yes chocolates are one of the more peaceful CA's, but my previous choco (who was larger than Bernie, about 7") easily slaughtered anything too small or too slow-moving (and helpless), so I would imagine a ghost knife might not be completely safe with it. How big is the BGK, and how big is the tank they would be in?
Hmm...I think they only way I would try it, is if you can find a choco that is basically the same size as the BGK. Having one bigger than the other likely won't go well, but you may have more luck if they're the same size.
Chocolate cichlids are very cichlid-like in behavior. Very touchy for the beginner. Excellent water quality, not just good, excellent, is a must. Mine were quite shy as juvies, but that cannot be said of them now. Territorial is a soft term. The male is kept seperate until the females are gravid. They will become very aquainted with their owners. My male is currently about 10" long, the females are slightly smaller.
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