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Old 05-04-2012, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I have a 1 and 1/2 year old freshwater tank. This is what it has:
-1 Rainbow shark
-2 Jewel Cichlids
-1 Raphael Catfish
-2 Bumblebee Cichlids
-1 Firemouth Cichlid

As you can probably tell, I really like cichlids and their colors and personalities. What other cichlids could I include in my tank? Add any other comments you have about my setup!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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Oh, what about a few dwarfs likes some rams or something. Would they be good with my tank's aggression level? Maybe 3 because I have the space......
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Oh, I also have a sun/eclipse catfish. About 4-5 inches now, but he just chills in his cave until feeding time. Pretty cool guy.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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I currently have a saltwater cycling, so I'll wait a bit before getting something else to add to my 36g cichlid tank. Thinking rams or kribs.....
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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It seems like you have quite a few and many cichlids are very territorial when mature, but if you are set on adding more and everything else in the aquarium gets along I personally think that electric blue and German rams are beautiful because of their bright blue color and they shouldn't get much bigger than 3"...Upon reading further I have found that these guys are difficult to care for, but if you're up for a challenge and want to research them they are small and very striking fish that could live in your sized aquarium. Also Scarlet Gem Badis are interesting and only get about an inch, so maybe a more suitable choice since they are easy to care for and also have nice coloration (although they are red) I'm not sure If they are actually cichlids or just closely related.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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I can't get anything too small because my eclipse catfish has a very large mouth. He ate a tiger barbbefore, and a baby firemouth cichlid! I don't want to risk it. To be honest, I don't really trust him with anything under 2 inches.
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I can't get anything too small because my eclipse catfish has a very large mouth. He ate a tiger barbbefore, and a baby firemouth cichlid! I don't want to risk it. To be honest, I don't really trust him with anything under 2 inches.
I have had the same problem with many of my freshwater fish...(most of mine are over 5") I was going to suggest a jeweled goby cichlid, but they only get about 2 inches...hmmm...not many cichlids are smaller than 5" and when they are they're really tiny...I'll let you know if I think of any others that might stay in a reasonable range for your aquarium size... are you looking for mostly cichlids, or just interesting fish that resemble cichlids?
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I was thinking maybe a pair of rams or something like that. They are pretty active will get big enough to not get swallowed by my eclipse cat. The tank isn't too aggressive, so they'll most likely do fine.
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Rams are nice They are difficult to care for (I think mostly because they are very sensitive to water quality), but if you want a challenge go for it.
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I really like the looks of the demasoni cichlid. I found out how to care for it and stuff, but my main question is, is my tank too aggressive or not aggressive enough? Would in be comfortable in my 36 gallon? (Grows up to about 4 inches, so..)
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I really like the looks of the demasoni cichlid. I found out how to care for it and stuff, but my main question is, is my tank too aggressive or not aggressive enough? Would in be comfortable in my 36 gallon? (Grows up to about 4 inches, so..)
From what I read is seems like people keep them in a minimum of about 50 gallons, but they are keeping colonies of these fish (12+ without any other fish in the aquarium with them)
you'd have to do more research on them and see what others suggest though.
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HI! Look at this http://fishforpets.com/aquriums-fish-number/
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:14 PM   #13
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I think if you combine the demasoni, and the firemouth, AND the Rainbow Shark, you're going to have issues. I'd keep an eye on it for quite awhile. Firemouths become VERY territorial (my firemouth took out a Dempsey AND a Convict before I finally relocated him), as do Demasonis. Rainbow sharks just get too big in general, and try to just swim over the top of anything, which puts them in scrapes they may not have actually been looking for.

Rams, while somewhat territorial, are not aggressive fish and would not do well in your type of tank. German Blue Rams would have even less of a chance of survival, and need much softer water than your current stocklist.

For your size tank, unless you have a massive filter, and plan on relocating some of your fish, I think you're actually somewhat overstocked, but that's just my opinion.
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I agree that that is too much fish for the size tank you have. The bigger the fish, the bigger the tank dimensions need to be for the fish to comfortably swim around. This is only in general, because not all fish need the same swimming room. And cichlids in general like to have their own territory, so that also dictates having a bigger tank for that many fish.
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