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Old 11-20-2003, 08:09 PM   #1
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What are your favorite cichlids?

The only cichlid I have ever owned is a keyhole that I got for free a couple of weeks ago. He's a very shy and sweet fish. I know I want to have a large discus tank someday. But I want to have a separate cichlid tank as well. I'm wondering what people's favorites are. Which are the most beautiful? Are there any other peaceful ones? Anything... :]
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:13 PM   #2
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Angelfish!

*grin* Yeah ok, I'm a lil obsessed with em. But they ARE cichlids, and more peaceful then many of the SA and African cichlids (although again, they ARE cichlids and have their moments *grin*).
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:22 PM   #3
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To be honest, Alliv, I think you got me hooked on angels. I never thought there were so beautiful, or wonderful. I never wanted to have any. I've come around on them and I would love to have a mated pair like you have. Don't tell anybody though...
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:26 PM   #4
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I like all cichlids

as far as favorite id have to say between discus and kribensis
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:41 PM   #5
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i like most cichlids, my favorites are oscars, severums, jaguars and dovi, iv always wanted an n.benni but could bever find one, wild or captive
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:41 PM   #6
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my yellow labs and blue kenyis!!! (or zebras, or whatever they're calling them at petsmart ) One step below saltwater and never a dull moment.
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Current favorites are Oscars for SA, and Nimbochromis Venustus for African.
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One step below saltwater and never a dull moment.
Thats for sure!
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:47 PM   #10
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I'm not a fan of large predatory cichlids like Oscars. Most of the time I think they're oogly compared to other cichlids. Dempsy's are prettier, but still mean little buggers.


I see the yellow labs and blue kenyis here, but what are the other fish?


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Looks like a few zebra varieties and maybe some peacocks. Awesome tank though. Most cichlids are predatorial :P Especially SAs. N. Venustus is a 10in malawi predator
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:28 PM   #12
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Jewel cichlids for sure. I had a pair that gave birth to 5 batches of fry, without me doing anything special at all.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:36 PM   #13
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Well, Rams are cichlids so my FAVE would be my Bolivian Rams (of course!)...

But as far as a more mainstream cichlid goes, we just added two N. Brichardis to our fishy family and they're absolutely gorgeous! (Pictures will follow...)
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:00 PM   #14
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I've always liked Severum. As for peaceful, besides Angelfish and Discus, Festivum and Uarus are very peaceful.
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Old 11-21-2003, 12:07 PM   #15
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All cichlids. But there are a few that stick out.

South American
Geophagus brasiliensis

Centrl American
Copora nicaraguenese

African Rift Lake
Cynotilapia afra
Frontosa

West/CentralAfrica & Madagascar
Pelvichromis humilis
Pelvachromis taeniatus
Nanochomis parilus
Paretroplus maculatus
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I am very partial to shelldwelling Africans and N. Brichardi. I also love angels and discus, in terms of looks.
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Personally I've always like Pike Cichlids....big, nasty, beautiful. I also like the African 'dwarfs' like Nannochromis nudiceps and Pelviachromis of almost any species (like P. pulcher - 'kribis'). Toss in the venerable old Orange Chromide from Asia as well. Cool fish, if you can find them for sale!
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Those of you who have Bolivian Rams, how do they look? I've seen many pictures, but most look sort of dull in color. If they look like this then I'd love them!

http://www.cichlidae.com/articles/a050/a031-01.jpg


I love that Copora nicaraguense. The Fontanas and Pelvachromis taeniatus sound amazing. I've never seen Orange Chromide. I wonder if I could find them :]
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I can't see your picture (?) but check my gallery. There is a close-up of one of my males there. He is actually brighter than the picture shows, but you can see that he's pretty colorful (not at all dull).
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I find that the better the environment the better colors bolivians will have. They are a bit duller, but the rosy color comes out more when they're happy and healthy (ie. good water, plenty of room and plants to hide in)

as for my favorite: rams for sure. gold or blue rams for appearance, bolivian for ease in keeping. If I ever get a big tank, i'd love a jack dempsey. they look pretty cool.
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