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Re: Dwarf Cichlids in planted tanks

On Tue, 18 Jan 2000, Karen Randall wrote:

> >I'm thinking of adding some dwarf SA cichlids to a planted 55 gal *community* 
> >tank of rather peaceful citizens. I was thinking along the lines of butterfly 
> >rams, or apistogrammas sp., and even entertained the thought of a mating pair 
> >of one or both of the above (which brings in a whole new dimension, I know).
> >
> >
> >Does anyone have any experience, or ideas about this?
> Kathy Olson (Erik's wife) is an expert Apisto breeder, and they keep (and
> breed) _MANY_ species in planted tanks.  I'm sure Erik can give you more
> details.

Funny, though, we've never had any real luck keeping a *community* of more
than one species of cichlids in any one tank, whether it's a 5 or a 75
gallon tank.  Nearly all our species breeding tanks are planted, though.
Density ranges from none (plain old oak leaves on the bottom) to heavy
(Val so thick it's hard for the fish to swim around).  Tech ranges from
low light over java fern/java moss/anubias, to 4 watts per gallon with
CO2.  We wrote one article about the room as a whole


We've also not kept Rams (at least since meeting each other... I was
sucesfully able to kill off two pairs of rams before that).

  - Erik

Erik Olson
erik at thekrib dot com