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Old 01-04-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Cichlids suggestions


I'm looking for some smaller Cichlids 6" and below but they can't be small enough to fit into my reed fish (rope fish) any suggestions.
I'm looking for color to liven up my tank



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Old 01-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #2
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jewel cichlids?
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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A pair of kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher) is a colorful addition to a community aquarium, but they mature at 3 to 4 inches--possibly bite-sized?
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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That would be around the smallest I would do.
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What size is your tank? Are you planning on to have fry?
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:37 PM   #6
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36g bow front and no i have no plans to keep fry
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:04 PM   #7
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You have some limited options to pick from because the size of the tank. Black convicts, angelfish, and firemouths are the ones I can think of from South America that you can add to your tank. The convicts are super aggressive if a pair is form especially during breeding, same goes for the firemouth. Just make sure you don't get a pair. That only gives you a choice of a male from each specie. Do not get a female and male of different species because they might crossbreed and of course, gets aggressive.

I left out the African cichlids mainly because of the hard water requirement.
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H. guttatus (common jewel cichlid you see in most stores) would tear the tank apart. If you want jewels, make sure the species is H. lifalili. Keyhole cichlids, giant kribs, angelfish, festivums, firemouths, t-bars, T. ellioti, a male peacock cichlid... it really depends on what you like and what all is in the tank.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:09 AM   #9
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I'm assuming this is the jewel not to get?

http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...ductId=3954159
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Yeah, although I doubt it's a true H. bimaculatus. Probably a hybrid. Don't buy any jewel cichlid from any of the big box stores. Usually you can find purebred 'good' jewels on aquabid.com.
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You have some options. I'll get back to his later though. Look at y 75 in the meantime however, I keep cichlids and bichirs with plants
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My 55 community tank with z pair of gbr 4 discus and 16 rummys did not even bat a eye at the guppy fry when I tried this in the tank. I was mad then even more as I had to catch all the guppies as they grew up


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Does anyone know anything about the h. stellifer my petshop in Charlotte fintastic after talking with them they said they had stellifer and lifalili aswell.
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Okay, I've gotta say a few things first before we talk about fish you want to add.

1. your tank is a 36 gallon bow front
2. is your tank planted or un-planted?
3. you have a rope fish, do you know that this size tank will not really be that great for life?
4. what other fish do you have? What other fish do you possibly want?
5. why a cichlid specifically? would you be open to other suggestions as well?

Now, I have a good deal of experience with cichlids and with bichirs (relatives of the rope fish but bigger and meatier), so I know what I'm saying more or less.

Answer my questions and tell me any other relevant information and I can probably give fish suggestions and the like.
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You shouldn't even be keeping a reed fish in your 36 gallon tank. Way to small, it is suffering.
You should stick to tetras.
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