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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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What species should I get?

I just got another 33-gallon tank from my sister.I want another species of cichlid (my favorite kinds of fish)...but dunno what to get!


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 12:00 PM
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I like parrot fish but I think they are a high bred, but they are still super awesome looking fish.





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Do you mean those funny looking hybrids fishes? I like them,but I dunno...know any good care sheets? I am gonna have a look online.




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Does it have to be an African cichlid?

'Cause if not, try German Rams. They're gorgeous. They can be a little on the sensitive side but that's rarely a problem if the tank is well-maintained anyways.




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Does it have to be an African cichlid?

'Cause if not, try German Rams. They're gorgeous. They can be a little on the sensitive side but that's rarely a problem if the tank is well-maintained anyways.
Nope...don't have to be African kinds.
I heard German Rams are hard to look after.Do you have a good caresheet??? How big do they get?





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Do you know anything about the Brichardi/fairy cichlid?




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German rams really aren't as hard to keep as people make them out to be. Kinda like saltwater fish IMO.

A tank with live plants and driftwood is perfect for them--the driftwood will often lower the pH, too, which makes keeping them easier (they prefer a pH on the lower side). Oh, and it's best to feed a variety of foods, mostly live/frozen, rather than just flakes. But that goes for most cichlids anyway. They grow to be about two and a half to three inches.

I think the biggest problem is finding healthy ones to begin with. You need to go to a fish store where people know what they're doing. They're worth it, though--beautiful coloration and nice personalities.

As for the Brichardi, I haven't kept them. However, from everything I've read and been told, they're pretty easy to keep. Make sure you have a good tank cover, though, as I've heard of them jumping out of aquariums!




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I love my parrot fish, but they are rather messy because they are not thin, they get to be about 5 inches and are more round, not long and skinny. I would say you could probably only put two in a tank that size. They do have very good personalities though and are very cute. I bought them as juveniles (much cheaper) as a black/green color and now they are a pretty orange color. If you want to know anything about them just ask and I'll try to help. unfortunately there's not a lot of information about htem online because they are hybrids.
I just set up a 30g tank of yellow lab cichlids with a sand bottom and alot of rocks for them to swim in and out of. they're the most docile of the african cichlids and very beautiful.
One other type I have always been interested in trying are Kribensis (Dwarf Rainbow) Cichlids. They stay around 4inches and have gorgeous purple and yellow color. They're considered a dwarf cichlid so they stay small enough for a 33g.
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Thanks guys!
I will consider these fishies and look more into them.
However I still haven't set up the newest tank yet,so I have some time.I have been busy lately and am not sure when the tank will get set up!





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or electric blue jack dempsey Cichlasoma octofasciatum ... all the way.

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