Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South-central Washington State, USA
I think what Nik meant was biotope related. To me, mixing riverine cichlids with lake cichlids or African with CA and SA has an ugly result. If you are looking for a plant-compatible cichlid(s), don't get the big ones (discus and angels excluded). Laetacara, Nannacara, Apistogramma, Mikrogeophagus, Pelvicachromis, Teleogramma, Anomalachromis, and Lamprologus are all good genera to look into for smaller, lesser-aggressive (to a point), and plant-compatible cichlids. There are quite a few more, though, and you won't be disappointed with an almost 2,000-member family to choose from. There is literally a cichlid for every tank and hobbyist. Most important: do your homework. Learn about the fish. Be ready to provide your species its special care.
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