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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-10-2009, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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dwarf cichlids in community planted tank?

I'm planning for my new 40 to be a planted tank that is "almost jungle" probably wont be full jungle feeling, but lots of plants nonetheless. so are dwarf cichlids like kribs, or apistos okay for a community setting with like tetras and guppies, etc...? if they are, can you give me some good species that would be fit in a tank of this size? Thanks

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i have 4 electric yellow cichlids in with three guppies they seam to be doing okay
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what about some rams? will they work?
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I THINK Rams should be fine. I added 4 Kribs about 3 weeks ago and they are doing great. I would advise TRYING to get either one pair or 2 males OR 2 females. I ended up with 2 pairs and since then:

1. The bigger female and male immediately paired off and i now have Krib Fry!!!
2. The Smaller Female is M.I.A. No clue where she is, havent seen her in over 2 weeks
3. The Smaller male has severe eye damage and/or is missing said eye!

I suggest not getting more than one pair because they breed VERY easily and get very defensive towards all fish and stage all out WAR with other kribs!!!

IMO, Kribs have similar body lines to rams BUT they get Prettier colors and are half the price!
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I have four Apistogramma steindachneri and an electric blue ram in a forty with a dozen cardinals and a half dozen platys. The only problem is that the ram tends to bully the apistos a bit.
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German Blues or Bolivians would be my choice. I had the GBR's in a 40g with a bunch of danios, neons, etc and they did wonderful.

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Rams are great in community tanks. They are only aggressive with their own kind, and even then it's nothing serious. Mine have never even taken a chunk out of a fin. They get along great with the corys, tetras, and angelfish in my tank.

I'd recommend Bolivian Rams if you want an easy fish to care for, German Blue Rams if you want a sensitive fish. Gold rams I haven't kept, but I've always liked how they look.
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I keep a pair of gold rams (exactly the same as GBR) in a 15g with T. hegeli, otos, and C. habrosus, and it is pure harmony. They only thing you want to keep in mind is that rams need higher temperature than most fish. I keep my tank at 81-82, which is a little warm for the cories, but no one has complained so far.

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+1 for German Blue Rams. A pair is a beautiful addition to a planted tank and they barely bother other fish. However, when I kept them in 20g, during the spawning time and when they guarded eggs, other fish had to watch not to swim too close Other than that, they are not agressive at all.

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i keep Bolivians with both German Blues and a Yellow. And an apisttogramma hongsolei (which is sick and i may lose ..... ) I love these fish... the personality's are great and the colors are awesome. I also have 2 angels and a few tetras with corys and an SAE... Everyone gets along great for the most part.. no issues
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This is good to know. I just bought 6 gold rams and set up a new/old 40 to put them in. I also have killies on the way. I'm not sure how those guys would go together, I think killies like a cooler temperature than the rams.
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I would go with rams OR apistos OR kribs, personally.

Cichlids don't "play nice" with each other, especially during spawning.

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