View Full Version : keyhole cichlid? more than one?

11-12-2006, 02:01 PM
i recently got a keyhole cichlid for my community tank and just wanted to know if anyone can tell me if it's okay to have more than one. this little guy is awesome! the only thing is, he tends to hang towards the lower reaches of the tank and gets "left behind" at feeding time. i'm new at the whole cichlid facet. any additional hard to come by info about these guys would be much appreciated. thanks,

Lady Hobbs
11-12-2006, 02:18 PM
From all I've read of keyholes, they are very docile and get along well. You may want Kribs, as well.

11-13-2006, 12:22 AM
anyone else have any info on this? thanks hobbs --jeff

11-15-2006, 05:19 PM
I had a similar feeding problem with my little ram that just died.

I got him frozen blood worms and sinking cichlid pellets. I used the bloodworms about once a week as a treat, and for everyday feedings I would sprinkle in the flake food for my tetras and rasboras first and then drop a small sinking pellet just for my ram second....he would watch for it and follow it down. After a minute the tetras would inevitably get wind of what was going on an come down to get some pellet for themselves, but at least the ram would get a few good mouthfuls first.

Another type of food he liked was the "stick-on" wafer. You press it to the side of the tank and the fish can eat off of it. If you're having problems, perhaps you can get those and split them into halves and put them on different sides of the tank...might help your little guy to get a little more space.

Lady Hobbs
11-15-2006, 07:23 PM
I may set my 30 gallon up and get a few keyholes and kribs.

11-16-2006, 05:07 AM
Be cautious with the kribs Hobbs..they are absolutely stunning, I will say that, but can be pretty aggressive if they decide to spawn. If I ever do kribs again it will probably be a species tank because I did so love Ma & Pa, but they were little devils everytime they spawned. Fortunately for me they never ended up with fry...something always pissed them off and they ate the eggs! It might have been my photo sessions.....

11-16-2006, 02:09 PM
that's awesome

Lady Hobbs
11-16-2006, 03:37 PM
These pictures are stunning. Are these of the kribs you have? Possibly getting all males would calm them down.

Lady Hobbs
11-16-2006, 03:41 PM
Jeff.......this is a good site to give you a fair idea of what you can put with your keyholes.


As always, caution needs to go with any cichlids but this will give an idea of different varities you can put with keyholes in different scenerios.