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Old 12-06-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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What other cichlids can i put with 2 nicaraguan cichlids?

I have a 55gal with 8 red eye tetras and 2 Nicaraguan cichlids and I was wondering what other cichlids if any I could put in there. I was thinking fire mouths but then I have to consider there max size. If I did get any other cichlids I'd like to start with a group and get a pair. So in the end there would only be 4 cichlids. Thanks.
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The Nic's will take up the whole 55, they're not a large cichlid but do claim a good-size territory. You might get by with a pair of angels, most other cichlids don't seem to recognize them as direct competition because their body shape is so different.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:38 PM   #3
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I don't know much about Nicaraguans but if you do go with fire mouths you wont be disappointing I love mine. If you are anywhere near Albany,NY area. I could hook you up with a bunch I have allot of 3 month old fry. They seem to go well with many things because they are kind of passive but can bluff well enough to scare off intruders.
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I decided to go with some jewls. If and when the Nics get to aggressive I have a 20L to put them in. I also grabbed a polylipturis senagalis ?? Sorry if I butchered the name. He will go into my 90gal planted tank when the time comes.
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Thanks for the advice though guys.
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If the jewels pair up and spawn they'll most likely trash the Nic's. The bicher will be helpful to eat extra fry though.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:00 AM   #7
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Good thing I've got that 20L. But I really am saving for a 125gal and make it a all South America cichlids
Do jewels spawn pretty easy would you say?
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Ya, if they don't kill each other first. Jewels are probably the most territorial/conspecific aggressive smaller species of SA or CA cichlids you'll usually find available.
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Ya, if they don't kill each other first. Jewels are probably the most territorial/conspecific aggressive smaller species of SA or CA cichlids you'll usually find available.
Jewels are african and come from streams and rivers in africa
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Jewels are also typically very calm when in a properly sized tank. They do get aggressive during breeding though.
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