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    cichlids indeed have the potential for aggression, but there are species that can be kept in a community setting.

    checkerboards are very peaceful, but potentially to the point where they are in danger from the gourami.
    besides that, they are high maintenance fish with specific water requirements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    cichlids indeed have the potential for aggression, but there are species that can be kept in a community setting.

    checkerboards are very peaceful, but potentially to the point where they are in danger from the gourami.
    besides that, they are high maintenance fish with specific water requirements.
    The dwarf gourami seems very chill (so far). He gets a long well with the female betta, mostly because they are usually on the opposite ends (top and bottom) of the tank.

    Do checkerboards need the company of their own breed?

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    ccihlids can be kept singly, but for interesting behaviors you'd need to keep multiples. the exact composition depends on how peaceful the species is, tank size, and breeding system(monogamous/polygamous).
    Once again, i would advise you to look up their water requirements, which are very specific. If you want them to not just be dull and listless, you'd have to invest in a low hardness high temperature pristine water quality setup that you cannot really keep too many other species in. there are plenty of other, less demanding cichlids out there though.

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    Alright, thanks again for all the tips. I'm going to stop by a few LFS on my way home from class tomorrow to see what is in stock. I'll report back then.

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    Yikes. I did miss the part about the DW gourami and the betta. And yes, you may run into trouble there.
    If you're thinking of going cichlid, a pair of Kribs would be a really fun and beautiful addition. You'd need to make them some rock caves but that's easy enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    Yikes. I did miss the part about the DW gourami and the betta. And yes, you may run into trouble there.
    If you're thinking of going cichlid, a pair of Kribs would be a really fun and beautiful addition. You'd need to make them some rock caves but that's easy enough.
    https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...&va=kribs+fish
    Those are beautiful looking fish. Would I run into trouble with a mating pair? Or should I get a male/male combo, female/female combo?

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    I've only had a male and female pair. they show better colors when you have a male female.
    In my experience they swim in all areas of the tank but the very upper. They do spend more time on or near the bottom though. Perfectly peaceful except when they spawn then they become territorial.
    Do some more reading on them to see if they'd work for you. Truly beautiful fish.
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    That DG looks pretty small, so it's probably at a point where it's not very aggressive yet. It's possible the female betta won't be a problem with the DG, but it's just something to watch out for.

    Good options so far, but one thing you should do, prior to adding a "big centerpiece fish" is add more cover for your smaller fish. While the cichlids mentioned are peaceful, they're still cichlids, so there's still potential for them to be more aggressive if not given territory breaks.

    Kribs are a great idea... Keyholes are another. Both are awesome fish. You could also look into the variety of Apistogrammas available. Some are more aggressive than others, but they're very beautiful fish. Apisto cacatuoides are among my favorites. I also like the Apisto panduros, but they seem to be a bit more aggressive. Apisto agassizii is another beautiful species.

    I think someone mentioned rams... You could do a harem of Bolivian Rams or pair of German Blues.
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    Hit three different LFS on my way home from class...

    A few options I saw were a pair of Kribensis, Electric Blue Acara, and Some Bolivian Rams. I really liked the look/size of the Acara. If I get a single Acara would they be alright in my community tank? I also like the look of the Kribs, would they get too aggressive if I bought both? Is there anyway to determine sex with them?

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    I'm afraid an Acara would be too aggressive for your other fish. This is an african cichlid which are known for their aggression. Generally people who keep african tanks have ALL africans and overstock so they will spread the aggression around and no one fish will become a victim.

    Bolivan Rams would be a nice choice. They are hardier than German Blue Rams.

    Kribs - the male has a pointed end on his dorsal fin. He also has pointed ends on his tail fin and generally has black dots on the upper part of his tail fin. the female will be smaller, her dorsal fin will be rounded as will her tail fins. If you have difficulty telling them apart, the LFS should be able to id male and female.
    I don't know how having a pair of rams and a pair of kribs would work out. Common sense tells me it could be trouble. I'd go with either or.
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