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dwarf cichlids

Postby Amy » 2008-05-25 19:47

it's been two years since i started keeping fish and thanks to all of you here never had much problems. i would not like to keep something more advanced then tetras and livebearers and i like the look of dwarf cichids. i love the idea of a planted tank and i think that i can do it as i already have some plants in my 10 gal. what dwarf cichlids are easy to keep? what else can i keep with them if i want them to breed? what plants are good? what size tank will i need? thanx in advance!
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Re: dwarf cichlids

Postby KittyKat » 2008-05-26 14:23

Hey, nice to see you round again! Here goes... there are two main options if you want to go for dwarf cichlids and plants:
  1. SA (south American) dwarf cichlids. These tend to be considered fragile and "advanced", although from experience I would say that they are relatively easy, hardy (due to years of getting used to home aquaria) and are absolutely stunning. The most common and easiest to look after are Apistogramma cacatuoides or Bolivian Rams (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus). Try to avoid those inbred for certain characteristics as they can prove to be rather difficult to keep healthy (for example "baloon" or albino fish). I would advise you to avoid Blue Rams (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi for the moment as they can be a bit difficult at times. Things to watch out for are fungus and whitespot (buy some meds for both problems before you get the fish if you don't already have them). In terms of plants I think some Cabomba, Java moss, swords and either a sagitaria or a dwarf sword for the foreground. Sand, caves and lots of bogwood in terms of decor. Small tetras for dithers and bristlenoses/cories for catfish.
  2. African dwarfs cichids. We are looking at Kribs here... all are easy to keep, even the less common ones. Otherwise there's the Anomalochromis thomasi (Butterfly cichlid), but I'm personally not so keen on them. Go for Anubias, Eleocharis parvula and Aponogeton ulvaceus for plants. Pea sized gravel, caves and slate in terms of decor. Medium to med-large tetras for dithers and bristlenoses or upside down cats.
Ether tank should be at least 15 Gal in size for a pair of cichlids. With the Africans I would recommend that you stick to a pair max as the "center piece" as it were, but with the SA dwarfs you may want a few females to one male. The first set up should be soft water with a pH of 6-6.5 (use rainwater or RO if you need to), the second should have a pH of 7 and be "medium" in most respects.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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Re: dwarf cichlids

Postby Silverstarr » 2008-05-26 20:25

I think that the clear watered, fast flowing African set up is easier to maintain and provides just as many colours and character as an SA one does, but the SA has it's own attractions in the densely planted blackwater department and can be very easy to care for given that you're willing to spend time on it.

An example African set-up:
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An example SA set up:
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Re: dwarf cichlids

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