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Old 02-05-2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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I'm picking out fish to put in my tank and I was wondering about cichlids. How many of each species should I put in? I'm looking at kribs, Rams, keyhole, and peacock they are all from 3.5 to 5 inches long as adults. Should I put them in as pairs or in groups, or just as one per kind? Also, would they eat a tetra that is 1.5 to 2 inches long, so you think?
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:00 PM   #2
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Well you couldn't keep those all together. You'd need to decide which you were going for and base your stocking off that. Peacocks for instance are usually only kept with other lake Malawi cichlids, and it's best to overstock and introduce all at once so it doesn't give any fish an advantage in claiming territory. If you're planning on doing smaller fish such as tetras, which should be kept in groups of 5+, you'll want to introduce them first so they have time to learn the layout. Basically you want to stock from least aggressive to most aggressive. If you have two or more fish that are equal in territoriality and aggressiveness, such as two of the same cichlids, you introduce them at the same time. It's all about not giving any one particular fish an advantage in claiming territory.


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I agree with the above response. Also, what size is the tank?
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:24 PM   #4
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I think I may have it this time haha.
56 gallon tank. 4 flower shrimp, 6 bleeding heart tetra, 4 emperor tetra, 6 silver hatchetfish, 1 krib cichlid, 1 blue ram cichlid, and 2 pearl gourami. After research I did take the peacock out. So how does this sound?
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I think I may have it this time haha.
56 gallon tank. 4 flower shrimp, 6 bleeding heart tetra, 4 emperor tetra, 6 silver hatchetfish, 1 krib cichlid, 1 blue ram cichlid, and 2 pearl gourami. After research I did take the peacock out. So how does this sound?

Only 1 gourami to prevent aggression issues.


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Old 02-05-2015, 05:38 PM   #6
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Other than that it looks okay, just beware baby shrimp could be a snack to almost any decent sized fish.


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Old 02-05-2015, 05:45 PM   #7
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Cichlid keeping questions

Flower shrimp are filter feeders. They need an established tank so that they have something to feed off of. Also, the emperor tetras need at least five, preferably more. The blue rams also need an established tank and are kind of difficult to keep. The rams, kribs, and gouramis all do better in pairs rather than one single fish of each type. I'd recommend selecting one type and doing a pair, for the gourami you would need one male and a few females because he'll terrorize just a single female. If you went with rams I'd steer clear of the blue ram and go with the Bolivian.


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With the Rams, kribs, and gouramis, would it be better to have a pair with a male and a female, or a pair with two of the same gender?
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What if I went with 4 flower shrimp, 6 bleeding heart tetras, 6 emperor tetras, 6 silver hatchetfish, 2 krib, and 2 pearl gourami? Could I get two gourami if they are both female, possibly? And should the krib be both of the same gender?
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I'd aim for a male and female, just provide plenty of hiding places for the other fish in case of breeding.


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