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Old 08-25-2017, 02:50 AM   #1
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Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid with rummies?

It's been brought to my attention that having a school of Rummynose Tetras in my tank along with my pair of Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlids could be problematic since the Rummies tend to stick to the lower water column, ending up occupying the same space as the Cockatoos which may end up being problematic during breeding seasons?

I've read that the Dwarf Cockatoos are much more peaceful than other cichlids, so initially when planning my stocking plan, I wasn't too worried about dealing with the possibility of an aggressive fish in my community. I also didn't notice, until pointed out, that Rummies to tend to stick to the bottom of the tank.

I'd like to hear from others who have kept this species to fill me in on just what kind of aggression level, if any, that I may have to plan for, as I wasn't aware that there would be much. Of course the female would defend her fry, but I feel the Rummies would eventually learn to avoid her 'baby area'.

Tank is NOT stocked yet, it's still cycling, but for info this will be a 20g long tank with the following stock plan:
x6 Nanus Cory Cat (Corydoras nanus)
x1 Bushy Nose Plecostomus
x6 Praecox Rainbow (Melanotaenia praecox)
x6 Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri)
x2 Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (a pair, m/f)

So I got at LEAST a month to figure this out hehehe
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Old 08-25-2017, 06:22 AM   #2
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Drop the pleco and rainbows. 12 rummies will look way better than 2 scattered shoals.
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^^^ I agree.
You can increase the numbers if you go with smaller species such as ember tetras and CPDs (Celestial Pearl Danios/Galaxy Rasboras).
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:02 AM   #4
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The rummies will not learn to avoid the female. The rummies will try pick off the fry one by one.

It is unlikely the Apistos will do any damage to the rummies because the tetras will just swim away when she tries to protect her fry. The biggest risk is that the female becomes so stressed from defending her young that she stops eating and dies. I would guess that is a 1 in 3 type probability. Maybe even less with a tank raised strain.

I agree with the others on excluding the rainbows.
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Pencil Fish are classic with Apistos.

The Cories may upset the pair also.

Otos might be good to try a few months along. They need established tanks.

I just got my first Apisto, so I've been rereading lots of info.
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All things considered, I agree with Brookster regarding the building of a larger school of rummynose. I think it unlikely that the RN's will interfere with your cichlids. RN's are tough little guys as tetras go. I'm embarrassed to say what inappropriate tankmates I've mixed them with where they surpisingly survived. My RN were primarily mid level swimmers. Good luck.
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Won't RNs eat the fry ?
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Won't RNs eat the fry ?
They will.

Of course, Apisto fry are so small they need special food so it is very difficult to raise them in a community tank anyway. Apistos are usually fantastic parents so they will try to keep them alive. They are generally satisfied with keeping intruders away from the fry/eggs so they will rarely damage a casual intruder like a tetra.
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Should I only get a male cockatoo Then? I have no intentions of trying to breed, if it ever happened id have probably just given the fry to my lfs if they'd take em. If not,.like others have said. They'd get eaten. But if it would end up super stressing the mom, should I just not get her?

If they need to pair off, then would it be better if I just drop the cichlid and look at a different fish?
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Side question about dwarf cichlids (don't want to generalize them) but should they be introduced after the tank has become established? If so, then this might impact the OP's stocking schedule.
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