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12-13-2012, 12:54 PM #1
Need some advice
I am redoing my aquarium landscape, and may add a few dwarf cichlids down the line
9 Zebra Danios (not positive but that should be the #, to fast to count)
9 Cherry Barbs
1 Dwarf Gourami
6 1/2" Platy
3 Adult Platy
I plan to add 6 Oto, and 6-8 Dwarf Cory
After playing at the local store yesterday I got to see 3 of the 4 dwarf cichlids I am considering
Apisto (either Orange Flash or Double Red)
With my current, future stock, and live plants would any of these be not compatible? I am currently leaning towards 4 Apisto (1 Male 3 Female) or doing a pair of Apisto and maybe a pair of Kribs
12-13-2012, 01:15 PM #2
Kribs are African and have totally different water parameter requirements than the rest of your tanks stock.
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12-13-2012, 01:17 PM #3
12-13-2012, 06:05 PM #4
Also to note, my pH is relatively high - 7.6
I plan to wait to get them, but I know they don't show up in my LFS very often. I really like the apistos, but not sure. Also, with me redoing my tank I kind of want to arrange it in a way that provides multiple hiding spots and visual barriers
12-13-2012, 08:04 PM #5
12-15-2012, 07:26 AM #6
I would remove the Gourami before adding any kind of Dwarf Cichlid to the tank. Not really a good combination.Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
12-20-2012, 05:26 AM #7
I agree with the removal of the dwarf gourami before you add the rest of the stock. Your ph is fine once it is stable, I have Bolivians in 8.4 and they're doing great. The key to a healthy aquarium is stability and water changes. Low nitrates ftw.
12-20-2012, 03:45 PM #8
With a 55gal I think the dwarf if the lesser worry. Danio's are good strong fish but preffer cooler water. GBR, Appisto's and Bolivians are warmer water. Maybe its not a huge deal because danio's can be so addaptable but its a larger conscern than a potentially pugnations gourami with so much space. Just give them a good territory and they should be fine.
12-21-2012, 12:35 PM #9
Personally, I wouldn't mind trading in the dwarf gourami, but my gf loves the guy... The danios have adapted pretty well to the warmer temps, I typically have been keeping it 77 /78 so far without any issues. I would like to wait until the plants I put in start making better hiding spots out of the driftwood.
I have narrowed down my choices to Bolivians and Apistos. I love the GBR, but feel like with the fact they don't live long, can be the more aggressive out of my choices, I think I'll pass until I can have a tank dedicated to them. And personally I am not a fan of kribs (just don't like the look other than breeding female)
12-21-2012, 03:06 PM #10
Bolivians are a good choice for a first dwarf cichlid. But I wouldn't add any until your tank is completely cycled and has been up and running for a couple of months. There not as sensitive as GRBs, but still need a seasoned, stable tank with an established biofilter.
If you attempt to keep both a dwarf gourami and bolivian ram, I would be watch them very carefully and be ready to remove on or the other if there's any issues.
Last edited by Taurus; 12-21-2012 at 03:09 PM.