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African cichlids with Livebearers?

Has anyone ever kept African cichlids with any type of Livebearer with success?
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Has anyone ever kept African cichlids with any type of Livebearer with success?
Yes, sailfin molly, good algae eater too. Iím also growing out some Mayae swordtail for introduction to my planted cichlid tanks. They must reach a minimum 1.5 inch size to be safe with my big cichlid.
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing do you ever have aggression issues or do the get along pretty good for the most part?
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I have zero aggression from cichlid to molly. The molly chase one another aggressively, both male to male and male to female. Many cichlid lose their predatory behavior if you don’t raise them with live prey.
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Just for clarification, that's a peacock and what appears to be an acara (South American) but either way what I'm not seeing are the hyper territorial African cichlids known as mbuna. Mbuna are the typical cigar shaped African cichlids you see in stores. Peacocks, julies, Altolamprologus species and such would be much much much safer tank mates with livebearers than mbuna would be. They aren't so bad when purchased as juveniles but once they reach 4-5" and hit sexual maturity they can be ounce per ounce among the most belligerent of all aquarium fishes. Avoid those if wanting to keep livebearers.
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Yes, sailfin molly, good algae eater too. Iím also growing out some Mayae swordtail for introduction to my planted cichlid tanks. They must reach a minimum 1.5 inch size to be safe with my big cichlid.
Beautiful pictures! Quick question: What type of cichlids are those? They looks like a type of SA cichlid, not African, but I absolutely could be making a mistake.

I have had African cichlids in the past (mbuna, peacocks, jewl's, etc.) and personally would not keep those with anything else. They get downright destructive- that is actually what put me to rainbowfish and planted tanks. I couldn't stand the aggression anymore (tank is in my home office).



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Beautiful pictures! Quick question: What type of cichlids are those? They looks like a type of SA cichlid, not African, but I absolutely could be making a mistake.

I have had African cichlids in the past (mbuna, peacocks, jewl's, etc.) and personally would not keep those with anything else. They get downright destructive- that is actually what put me to rainbowfish and planted tanks. I couldn't stand the aggression anymore (tank is in my home office).
I have a mix of African and SA. What you see are electric blue Acara, red spot Severum and Flametail Ngara Stuargranti peacock. What you don’t see hiding in the plants are Kribensis and Lamprologus tretocephalus, all very peaceful cichlid. I wouldn’t trust Mbuna and some peacock which can be very aggressive and fin nipper. Stuargranti are about the most peaceful peacocks. Note that swimming on top is a school of brilliant rasboras, about 1.5 inch, small enough to fit in their mouth, are safe and have never been harmed.
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Those are some very nice looking cichlids. Have not scene pics (or in person) any of those in a long while. The mollies look good too.
@Tiger15 which plants are those that are flowering (crypts)?


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Annubias, narrow and large leaf varieties, are flowering.

If you think the molly look good in pic, they look even better in action.


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Thanks for the vid. Great lookin fishes.

I see they are anubes now, took a closer look. Not very good at identifying plants and at first glance the leaves looked different then what I think of when I see anubius.


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