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05-01-2012, 07:56 PM #1
suggestions for smaller non aggressive cichlids?
I'm taking my time trying to decide what my new tank will be. Have my eye on either a 46 bow front or a 55 rectangle. I have researched Discus, and possibilities for a community tank.
I do not, however, want to rule out cichlids before I make my final decision.
I would be looking to set up a display tank only. I do not care to breed. I'd like to keep the fish to under 4 inches fully grown and want non- aggressive fish - is that even possible with cichlids?
If so, would there be a possibility of setting up a non-aggressive cichlid community with lots of color and variety and not a lot of size. While Rams are adorable, I've pretty much ruled them out as it appears they are pretty delicate and hard to keep.
If anyone has any suggestions for a cichlid community with lots of color, I'd sure appreciate it.
05-01-2012, 08:00 PM #2
05-01-2012, 08:51 PM #3
05-01-2012, 09:25 PM #4
Bolivian rams are the most peaceful in experience. I currently have a breeding pair of kribs, their colours are unrivaled, if you provide them with lots of nooks, crannies and caves and your tank is min 3ft long they are pretty mellow if they don't feel crowded.
Discus aren't a good choice for you, unless you bought a breeding pair and then rehomed all your other stock.
Oh and by the way, discus are cichlidsMy therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
05-02-2012, 12:08 AM #5
I realize that Discus are cichlids (sorry) but tend to forget that and think of them in a class by themselves because they are so unique. And yes, I also realize they are most likely out for me - unless I can find room for the 55 as I must have a minimum of 5 (unless a matted pair) and they need plenty of room. Still, of all the FW fish, I love the looks of Discus the most. Again, I would have to think long and hard before I'd ever truly consider a tank of them.
I'm getting more and more interested in the Rams and Kribs. Must do more reading on them. Must they be kept strictly with other cichlids or could the could the be good additions to a community tank - say with rummys and rainbows? I don't want any compatabilty issues.
05-02-2012, 12:18 AM #6
My kribs are currently housed with;
Pleco, Firemouth, corys, danios, khuli loaches, and there's no real issues, provide them with what they like and its all good. They are fine with tetras and I assume they would be with rainbows aswell, in a 55g if you think through how to set it up you wouldn't have hassle with a breeding pair.
Not that I'm hinting I love kribs
Here's my female, pics rubbish but its the colours I'm tryn to show
Last edited by ScottishFish; 05-02-2012 at 12:24 AM.My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
05-02-2012, 02:16 AM #7
Discus require many years of upkeep (mine are well over four (yes, scottishfish, I finally figured it out)) and a lot of large water changes done often (far, far more when raised as young!) A 55 gal is barely enough for five and five is an iffy number for a school. Still, most discus keepers never go back (However, Kribs are tempting!)
One other point - discus are really single species due to high water temperature requirements; there are a few exceptions.
Last edited by Cermet; 05-02-2012 at 02:20 AM.Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
05-02-2012, 04:42 AM #8
Scottish Fish - your Krib is beautiful!