Cichlid for my tank?
Hey guys, this is a bit of a general cichlid question and I didnt see a category that would fit in. Also I'm still kinda new here so go easy on me ;)
Ive always thought cichlids were v cool looking fish with an interesting personality, and I'm thinking about adding one but I (like most people) have constraints to work with.
Everywhere I look gives vastly differing requirements for tank size on cichlids so I'll give you those.
30 gallon with
4 oto cats
3 amano shrimp
My ph is at 7.6 and I'm using driftwood to lower it (its down from the 7.8 from the tap over 2 months)
And I maintain 76f for my temp.
Are there any cichlids I could potentially add? If not then what's not up to par, I'll considering changing it.
The reason you are finding by variable care requirements for cichlids is because they are a very diverse group of fish that is impossible to generalize.
Some like dwarf cichlids like soft, acidic water while others like african cichlids and Central Americans prefer their water alkaline. Some cichlids like australoheros and gymnogeophagus take temperatures down to 15 degrees Celsius or lower, while others like discus need Steamy 30 degrees to thrive.
Some, like the Uaru are predominantly herbivores, most are omnivorous to a degree and some, like pike cichlids and peacock bass, are carnivorous.
Cichlids range in size from the barely 1 inch adult female neolamprologus multifasciatus to 2 or 3 ft long umbies, peacock bass, boulengerochromis and doviis.
All are territorial to a degree, but that can range from rather mild mannered like rams, to insanely agressive like some african cichlid species.
In terms of tank size and other tankmates, a species of dwarf cichlid would be the closest fit for your tank. Most dwarf cichlids don't exceed 4 inches total length and are quite mild and can coexist with most other noncichlids in a tank. There may be issues with the mollies though, as both can be aggressive on occasion. Your pH also is high for dwarf cichlids as a whole. However, there are some species which take alkaline water better than others, such as common Kribs, anomalochromis thomasi, bolivian rams, captive raised apisto cacatuoides.
Overall dwarf cichlids are quite shy and sensitive in comparison to other aquarium fish, so you will have to pay attention they get enough good food(esp. With mollies around), make sure your water quality is always good and ensure lots of cover.
Some bolivian rams would be cool
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Originally Posted by madagascariensis
Alright cool beans, I will start researching, I feed my mollies a medium sized pellet diet, it takes them a long time to work through each pellet possibly due to how hard the pellets are. It should* be fairly easy for another fish to swim up and scoop one while the mollies are busy bearing down on the one they've got.
Originally Posted by aquariumlover10
My mollies are generally too busy with one another to worry about the shrimp or otos, the males usually too busy chasing the female and the female is usually running from the male. Not sure if they will change habits with a new tank mate or not.
I have found it was always best to keep 3 females for each male molly in your tank. That way, the "harrassing" will be spread out enough across the three females as to not stress out any one of them.
You might want to consider this in your stocking plans
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Good info from mada, again.
I completely agree that you should go dwarf cichlid. Rams & Apistos would be a great fit. They'll appreciate any cover you can give them - plants, caves, rocks, etc.
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Originally Posted by Slaphppy7
Thanks again guys. I'm gonna hit the books on the cichlids!
Originally Posted by Cliff