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Thread: Paracyps?

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    I want to add something to my 29 gal multie tank that will be active in the water column/high rocks. LFS said 4-6 paracyps would be perfect. Ive been checking online and have seen people saying it would work while others say no way. What do you guys think?

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    Paracyp's would mix well with multi's, because they prefer vertical rock faces with higher-level caves, but a 29 is cramped for a group of them. I'd recommend livebearers, they'd do well in the hard/alkaline water and be more active/visible in the open. Paracyp's aren't open-water fish like Cyp's, they typically stay close to cover.

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    1 male 2 to 3 females would. Make sure to get the smaller species. It stays in the three inch range. They are am open water species that actively schools when not spawning. When in breeding behavior the males keep a 3 dimensional territory in open water, which makes them work great to make the most out of an African cichlid tank. However I don't think you will have room for more than one male if they breed. What are their tankmates?

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    The tank is a small colony of multies. Hands down my favorite fish but being that they rarely venture from the sand I really would like to have something interesting occupying the water column/rockwork.


    Ive never really been a fan of livebearers so I will pencil them in at the bottom of the list lol.


    Aside from paracyps are there any other fish you guys would recommend?

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    Dwarf Julie's would probably work. They will stay to the rocks as close to the bottom as they can tho.

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    http://www.cichlidae.com/article.php?id=60. They recommend rainbowfish with dwarf tangs. I wouldn't have thought of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwarfguy View Post
    1 male 2 to 3 females would. Make sure to get the smaller species. It stays in the three inch range. They are am open water species that actively schools when not spawning. When in breeding behavior the males keep a 3 dimensional territory in open water, which makes them work great to make the most out of an African cichlid tank. However I don't think you will have room for more than one male if they breed. What are their tankmates?
    You're thinking of Cyp's, those are open water schooling fish. Paracyp's aren't, and Cyp's need a much larger tank than a 29 regardless of the other fish. Rainbowfish also need more space, or they'll kill each other. I've kept Paracyps's and dwarf rainbows in a 55 before, and the rainbows beat the crap out of each other.
    Julies might work, though I wouldn't try anything other than transcriptus, the smallest and least aggressive species of the complex in a 29. Definitely avoid the Gombe variant, they're holy terrors in a larger tank.

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    Ive kept dwarf rainbow in a 29 with no issues. Paracyp I am not familiar with. I would have no hesitation putting a trio.of cyphs in a 29. I haven't kept those in that size tank, but they didn't do anything that makes me think you can't. Size wise, not a bad fit.

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    Also, they were not recommending mixing dwarf rainbow with open water tangs, that should obviously not be done.

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    Cyprichromis leptosoma

    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/c_leptosoma.php

    According to this article, these would work in the 29g

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