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    Hello All,


    First post here. Ive had experience taking care of community tanks for about five years and now Im looking to get into a new area for me which would be a Cichild tank. In my community tank I do have bolivan rams and an angel so Im looking to get into other Cichilds besides the dwarfs and angels. I got a great deal on 60g so Im looking to house as many decent size colorful Cichilds as I can that are compatible with each other but not the extremely large ones obviously. If anyone could lead me in the right direction as to what group(african, south american, etc) I should start looking into and maybe a few examples of some you recommend so I can narrow down my research. Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum

    I would suggest staying away from African cichilds as they typically are not suited for community tanks

    I have kept a few South American cichilds in community tanks before with some pretty good success. As with all cichilds, sometimes thing do not work out as planned, but I would think the South American ones would be your best bet. I would suggest to start there. The below link might also help

    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/cich...thamerican.php
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    a 60 gallon would be a really great size for africans as you could have a large number of fish (they don't get all that large) but as Cliff said, they are very aggressive, even within their own species. You'd have to research thoroughly to find out which african's would be compatible with each other, then stock heavily to make sure there are enough fish to spread the aggression around so one or two fish don't get picked on until they are killed.

    South American's aren't as aggressive (again, as Cliff said) but you will also have to research to find out which are the least aggressive and if they will live with each other.
    I have a 90 gal with 2 blood parrots, a severum, an EBJD, a geophagus and a school of congo tetras.
    For the most part, it's fairly peaceful however, the sev will, upon occasion, decide to bully the EBJD and the geo. Two sevs in this tank did not work as the one dominated the other to the point where it would not eat. That's not always the case, but something to be prepared to deal with. The angel I had in this tank also had to be moved to her own tank as she wanted to claim ALL the space for herself.

    A 60 gal would allow room for very few full sized SA cichlids, although there are varieties smaller than sevs and geos and blood parrots.
    You might consider getting one or two (perhaps a mated pair) green or gold or red severums, then fill out the tank with a school of larger tetras (like congos or colombians or even serpae if you're looking for bright color). the sev pair would make nice centerpiece fish and the tetras would provide a lot of movement to the tank.
    Another fish that would work with the sev would be the sword tail (very under appreciated IMO). The red velvet wags are gorgeous and they are a very lively fish.

    Hope this helped
    Last edited by fishmommie; 05-25-2014 at 10:09 PM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Thank you for the advice. I've done alittle browsing and I think I'm going to go the South American route. The ones that seem to be in the mild aggression and dont get too large range that I have found are Blood Parrot, Blue Acara, firemouth, festivum, and severums/geos as you said. Would a combination of any of these work? and If so how many would fit in a 60g? I also like your idea of a pair of severums as a centerpeice but do they get really aggressive if they breed? Thank you.

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    Are you looking to do cichlids in a community or a setup for just cichlids.

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    just for cichilds

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    Ok what about some big spieces like oscars and then get a pleco(for algae) or some other big spieces like discus or firemouth.

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    Your tank would be a little too small for a single oscar and discus need a set-up designed around them.

    Perhaps you could look into getting any two of the following: blue acara, firemouths, or severums. If you set-up your tank with different areas for them to claim as their territory, you will greatly reduce any risk of any aggression. With most of the cichilds, if you have a mated pair, they will aggressively defend their fry.

    Depending on the details of your set-up, you might also be able to add a small school of ditherfish
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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    Cliff has given good advice. You don't have room for more than 2 - 3 larger cichlids.
    Some people do not like the Blood Parrot Cichlids because they are a 'designer' strain. The pros and cons have been discussed more than once here on the forum.
    I'm in the pro category after having raised some from babies and watching their antics. They are a delightful, funny, and very colorful fish who, if raised in a family unit (3 would be a good amount for your tank) will fair much better than a single blood parrot.
    Also, the pairings Cliff mentioned would be great choices.
    I'd also add that if you go with a pair or 3 Blood Parrots, you could also have room for a pair of Kribs or rams or apistos for additional color and movement. They will get along fine with the larger SA Cichlids.
    Last edited by fishmommie; 05-26-2014 at 02:20 AM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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