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Old 05-13-2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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New 25gal!

I have a new 25 gallon tank that I would like to stock with dwarf cichlids. (I want mbunas but its too small) But I don't have much experience with smaller cichlids except German Blue Rams.

I have been doing research for about two weeks now and have started narrowing it down between:

1. Another set of GBR's
2. Two Badis (very little knowledge about these)
3. Cockatoo Cichlids

I would also like to know some other fish that I could put these with to complete my tank. And am to other ideas and fish besides the ones listed. I just want something with some personality.

Tank will be planted with lots of cover and hiding places, run a AC 50 filter, with heater and T5 lighting system
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I like the apistos the most (im super bias cuz I love them) but I like neon tetras or serpaes. Rasboras work as well. GBRs and apistos are similar tankmates wise. If your looking to breed they get kind of aggressive so if you are breeding, you might want to think about doing just the apistos alone. You could try tankmates tho if you really want to

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Old 05-13-2014, 10:53 PM   #3
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I did GBR's and I have done Demasoni,

BUT

The last few weeks I have been seeing a lot of people showing off their apistos, and I am way jealous.

My advice DO APISTOS!!
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Are Apistos hardy fish? Not saying I wouldn't take good care of them, I just know like GBR's are delicate fish and then there's Bolivians that are pretty hardy. Just wondering where they fit on that scale because I would have to order and ship them. (Not many fish stores in South Dakota)
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Cacatuoides or the Cockatoo Apisto is an easier one to keep. They are a little bit more common and most of them you find will be tank bred and fairly hardy. I have ordered in a number of Apistogramma so as long as you buy from a reputable breeder you shouldn't have any problems.
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Forget to mention. This is one of my male Triple Red Cacatuoides Apisto.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:58 AM   #7
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Very good looking fish, I really like them!
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:16 AM   #8
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Cacatuoides or the Cockatoo Apisto is an easier one to keep. They are a little bit more common and most of them you find will be tank bred and fairly hardy. I have ordered in a number of Apistogramma so as long as you buy from a reputable breeder you shouldn't have any problems.
+1 they are pretty tough little fish.
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That is a sweet fish! I want to do apisto's so bad now. I need another tank.
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