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Author Topic: Schooling fish for a cichlid tank  (Read 3537 times)
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:14:45 PM »
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I have a 800L male only cichlid tank I have started consisting of these breeds

1 peacock
1 black acei
1 yellow lab
1 red jewel
1 green terror
1 p. johanni

1 rainbow shark and bristle nose catfish

I want a schooling fish to go in but so far everywhere I ask
They say only silver dollar .... I was looking at boesemani rainbows
Would they work ? .... Or is there any others?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 09:28:21 PM »
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Forgot to say its a 6 ft long
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 11:43:12 PM »
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Years ago I kept a school of rainbows with cichlids like these.  The tank was a 55g, and there were no injuries or deaths among the rainbows, however, they seemed stressed and not too happy.  I decided that I would not use rainbows as a dither fish again for this purpose.  Maybe in a 6 foot tank it might work better for them, but I think skirt tetras ot tiger barbs may be a better idea.
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2012, 02:33:22 AM »
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Thanks for that mate .... Will probably look into tiger barbs but I do like the rainbows .... Seem all mine are babies perhaps it will work if I rearrange the tank so there territory dominance isn't as large ....
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2012, 05:02:18 AM »
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I see a problem, in that you have a Green Terror [SA] in with Africans, mixing new and old world cichlids can lead to complications, they don't know how to interpret each others signals and you could end up with aggression issues and possibly deaths.

I'll leave someone more knowledgeable on Africans to suggest a dither fish for you.


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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 07:20:40 AM »
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Yeah I no what you mean am keeping a close eye on him
But I'm pretty sure he will be ok cause my shark seems to
Be the most dominate over all the cichlids ...

My p. johanni is a little rough on the others at the moment
He digs holes all through the tank then when another goes
In the same hole he chases them

But after a while the fish turns around and tells him enough pretty much

Cheers for the input will keep that in mind
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