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    Hey everyone,
    So after awhile of only having 3 Nerite snails, a couple of plants, and about 6 cherry shrimp in my 20 gallon. I think its about time I add a little more movement and color to spark things up a bit. I love the idea of having a breeding pair of Kribs in my tank with other community fish but after reading the horror stories online about how territorial a pair of Kribensis with fry get I had a quick change of plans. I have settled on getting one female Kribensis but I'm not to sure on what tankmates to get. I was thinking about 10 either Ember tetras or Harlequin rasbora and for the bottom level about 10 Khuli loaches or 8 Panda cories. I do have one some what major problem. The tap water in my area has a Ph of 8.2 and I'm wondering will this affect my fish because I can go and get some more drift wood and black water extract.

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    It may be hard to find cichlids, even dwarf ones, that will coexist with cherry shrimp. The small tetras, kuhli loaches and panda cories should be OK though.

    My own personal experience with shrimp and dwarf cichlids was with adult amano shrimp and bolivian rams. They got along perfectly, but adult amanos also are much larger than cherries, and also don't produce small bite-sized babies (they need saltwater to successfully reproduce). Bolivian rams are also terrible at chasing down moving things, moreso than any other fish that I've kept other than the cories and otos.

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    I noticed that as well, my personal experience keeping a pair of electric blue rams with cherry shrimp. I didn't know all rams were bad at hunting moving prey. The shrimp population was able to sustain fairly well in the 46g heavily planted tank the whole time the rams occupied the tank. But in about 2 weeks after my rams had passed, I replaced them with a pair of angelfish and the shrimp colony was completely wiped out.

    Kribensis are beautiful! I've kept a pair before, and they are prolific breeders. I had so many kribensis, I had no idea what to do! Kribs are dwarf African cichlids, they are more robust and tougher than south american dwarf cichlids. If you get a female, she will eat your cherries. Unless they learn to hide really well!
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    I think embers and instead of harlequin rasbora try their smaller cousins the espei rasbora, plus they are more colourful. Also instead of kuhlis (whic may just hide on you) you can add a nice school of 8-10 dwarf corys. Plus they won't eat the shrimp either and there are 3 varieties ti choose from; C. habrosus, C. hastatus and C. pygmeaus. The more you have in one species the bolder they are.

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    Love the habrosus!

    If you really want cichlids too (I love them personally) I was thinking more about your tank, and I encourage you to take a look at bolivian rams instead of kribs. In the stores, they never look really nice, but they are very colorful once they settle in. Just thinking about your cherry shrimp! The rest of your tank is sounding very peaceful, it would be a shame (I think) of one fish took out all your shrimp....
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    Your pH is a little high for the fish you want to keep, but if you acclimate them slowly, they should be able to adapt. I personally hate messing with pH and don't think some DW would make a huge difference in bringing your pH down. If you do like the rams, stick with Bolovian rams, they can deal with a higher pH better than the German blue ram.
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    Sorry for the delayed response(school got in the way lol). I'm pretty set on getting a Kribensis since it's one of my favorite African cichlids, so I may have to rehome my cherry shrimp in my 5 gallon. As for the bottom level of the tank the choice between the C.Habrosus & Khuli loach is a hard one, but I think I'm going with the habrosus since I've kept kuhli loaches before.

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    I've kept both habrosus and hastatus, and prefer the hastatus...they swim all over the tank, not just the bottom levels, and will "hover" in the water column in little groups...fun to watch
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    I have the pygmy and they are all over the place-and were so excited when I added otos to the tank-they though they were their big brothers, lol
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    Idk...little little cories and microfish with a kribensis?

    I think that's a good idea, moving the shrimp before adding a krib.
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