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dwelling Cichlids? Comp. 1/28/11
Hello all and thanks for the advice.
<Glad to help.>
Okay so I FINALLY got my 55 gallon tank cycled. It has sand 3 cichlid
caves about 15 shells (will definitely be getting more that's all
my LFS had in stock at the time) and some rock work. It has about 400
gph filtration on it (I know it's at least 300 because the one HOB
alone is that much but the other... came with the tank so I'm not
sure... has some sponges and a carbon bag). A 250 watt heater. It has
one Bristle nosed Pleco in it ATM. Here's my issue'¦.
<All sounds great!>
I want Multifasciatus Shell dwelling cichlids and have done extensive
research on them. The one thing I can't seem to find is what they
can be kept with.
<Almost anything that [a] likes hard water and [b] stays at the
surface and [c] won't harass them.>
So I have some ideas... an forgive me if it's stupid... I'm new
to cichlids... which is why I'm doing a ton of research. I've
looked into Cyps but I don't think 55 gallons is enough for a
proper shoal of them.
<Would tend to agree.>
I've looked into Altolamprologus Calvus species... and I've
seen conflicting article on them. Some say they're relatively
docile and others specifically mention that they should not be kept
<Well, there are some small shell-dwelling Altolamprologus calvus,
but they are predatory but peaceful, and would either cause problems
through eating very small Shellies, or else get battered by territorial
Shellies of similar size. So not a good choice.>
I've also looked into Julies... didn't get to far into that
one. What about these?
<Yes: the dwarf species like Julidochromis ornatus will not stray
far from a big rock pile. So put all the rocks at one end, then all the
shells at the other, and neither Julies nor Shellies will mix!>
<Much too big; even if they don't eat the Shellies, they'll
They're Malawi though. I really like the way they look but what the
prognosis on fry health and Shellie health with these guys around?
<Instead, look at some of the Central American livebearers. Guppies
and Endler's for example can work extremely well. I'd expect
Wrestling Halfbeaks to work well too. Goodeids such as Xenotoca eiseni
might be an option. Some of the smaller Rainbows work as well, for
example Celebes Rainbowfish.