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Old 08-01-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Dwarf cichlids

I have an established 55 gallon planted tank and for my last additions I would like to add a pair or trio of dwarf chiclids. I would like something a little more uncommon than german blue rams and Bolivians. Any ideas?
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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I have an established 55 gallon planted tank and for my last additions I would like to add a pair or trio of dwarf chiclids. I would like something a little more uncommon than german blue rams and Bolivians. Any ideas?
Whats your current stock?
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #3
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I have an established 55 gallon planted tank and for my last additions I would like to add a pair or trio of dwarf chiclids. I would like something a little more uncommon than german blue rams and Bolivians. Any ideas?
Apistogrammas, kribs, and German blue rams are my favorites.
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Whats your current stock?
My current stock is:
1 female betta, 6 cardnial tetras, 6 glowlight tetras, 6 black neons, 1 rainbow shark, 1 angelfish, 3 panda cories, 5 platys, and 3 bnps
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My current stock is:
1 female betta, 6 cardnial tetras, 6 glowlight tetras, 6 black neons, 1 rainbow shark, 1 angelfish, 3 panda cories, 5 platys, and 3 bnps
Idk how a rainbow would do with the appisyograma. Mine didn't bother my rams but appisyograma have some flamboyant fins and coloring which may trigger some aggression by the shark. Mine hated my plattys.
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Ok, I figured that some aggression issues may be present with the shark. So blue rams would be ok if I understand you correctly?
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German blue rams would be a perfect addition, they are a bit sensitive though, but I don't think it's that much
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German blue rams would be a perfect addition, they are a bit sensitive though, but I don't think it's that much
As long as the tank can keep nitrates under 20, They are quite hardy.
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A trio of Apistogramma agassizii, any of the colors would work as long as you have some cave like structures for spawning. They are small but very mighty. When I first set the 220g up I put an old trio in and while they were alive they ruled the tank! The rams wouldn't mess with them as the Agassizii gave better than they got and even the angels would get run if they ventured into their little territories. They have big personalities and are actually fun little fish. I had Double Red's but there are Triple Red's, and Oranges. You can usually find them for sale on Aquabid.

Another good one would be Apistogramma cacatuoides. Again there are different colors and they tend to be more easy going and peaceful (at least mine always were).

As for the shark if it's not big right now and you don't overcrowd your tank it might be okay. You will just have to monitor things, even if you decide to go with a pair of rams. It may or may not work.
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As long as the tank can keep nitrates under 20, They are quite hardy.
There you go
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Yeah my tank water is pristine and has had perfect water chemistry ever since I cycled so I think I'll go with german blue rams or maybe a trio of checkerboard chiclids. Thanks everyone!
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