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Old 07-29-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Okay so im thinking about breeding cichlids. I have a 40g (well, an oddly shaped 38g) and im planning on keeping two pairs of kribs, a pair of keyholes and a pair of rams. I plan on breeding them all, and maybe putting some swordtails, danios, or tiger barbs in there as targets. Any thoughts? Is this too many fish? Will they all kill each other? Will any of the fry survive?
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I would stick with just two pairs and leave it at that. Keep some schoolers as target fish if you choose to, but I am wary of three pairs all together in there...
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Okay... so which 2 pairs? Which schooling fish? Which schooling fish would survive?
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I would try keyholes and rams, kribs and rams, or kribs and keyholes. Any schooling fish appropriate for that size tank should be fine.
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I wouldn't recommend more than 1 breeding pair of cichlids in a tank smaller than 4' wide, simply not enough space for 2 adequately seperated territories. A pair of BN pleco's would also spawn along with the cichlids and provide some safe (for fry) diversion for the cichlids.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:49 AM   #6
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I do have a 4' tank. Thats what I'm gonna use to create the pairs. I'm gonna have 6 kribs (3m:3f) and 6 keyholes (3m/3f). I'm gonna let them pair up and then keep the healthiest pair. And how do bristlenoses pair up? Could I use the same technique?
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Ok... so a pair of kribs in a 30 in long, 18 in tall, foot wide aquarium with a pair of bristlenoses and a school of 15 tiger barbs? Is there possibly any room for anything else?
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Scratch the tiger barbs. A 30 is too small for that large of a group and they WILL eat fry when they mature. The barbs you have likely seen are way smaller than they're potential.
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Scratch the tiger barbs. A 30 is too small for that large of a group and they WILL eat fry when they mature. The barbs you have likely seen are way smaller than they're potential.
Noooo. The aaquarium holds roughly 40 gallons of water. It's just 30 inches long.
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A 40G is still too small for that large of a group of tiger barbs with paired cichlids IMO. If you want to focus on the pairing and breeding aspect, barbs are probably not the best fish to include.
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