Can i add a Dwarf Cichlid to my community tank?

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Here's my current planted 38 gallon stock:

6 Zebra Danios
5 SterbaI Cory Cats
4 Platies
3 Fancy Guppies
and 1 Dwarf Gourami

I really need something in my tank to help take care of the fry from my platys

I counted 13 fry the other night
so yeah
it's really becoming quite the problem

if I am able to add a dwarf cichlid
what kind should I look into getting?
 

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I think you could have a dwarf cichlid in there, you could have a pair if you liked

I would advise the following to anyone who is new to keeping dwarf cichlids-

Cockatoo cichlids
Bolivian rams
Kribensis (African cichlid, but still small )

Or you could have one keyhole cichlid.
 

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You could definitely house a Dwarf Cichlid comfortably in your tank, any of the ones Ben suggested would be fine. I'd advise against getting a pair though, or 13 Platy fry will seem like nothing compared to the 100+ your Cichlids will produce every time they spawn!
 
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Nick Goody said:
You could definitely house a Dwarf Cichlid comfortably in your tank, any of the ones Ben suggested would be fine. I'd advise against getting a pair though, or 13 Platy fry will seem like nothing compared to the 100+ your Cichlids will produce every time they spawn!
yeah
I don't think i'd want a pair

what type of dc do you think would work best with my set up?
I want a peaceful one....that likes to eat small fry


I don't want to get rid of my platys
and I can't move them until I get my 55, and cycle it...

but yeah
what do you suggest?
 

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Personally I'd get a male Kribensis. Great colours, not aggressive, but they are also great fry vacumns!
 

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I like the looks of some of the cockatoos a lot personally.
 
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I was looking at keyhole cichlids
I have them at my LFS
and they seem like a good choice for my set-up

my LFS has a few peaceful cichlids
but not nearly as much as the aggressive ones
 

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Keyholes are really beautiful!
I think a medium sized cichlid, like keyholes, would look gorgous in your tank.
Good luck, whatever fish you chose.
 

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dboll2 said:
I was looking at keyhole cichlids
I have them at my LFS
and they seem like a good choice for my set-up

my LFS has a few peaceful cichlids
but not nearly as much as the aggressive ones
The reason they have so many more aggressive cichlids than peaceful ones is that the great majority of cichlids tend to be fairly aggressive.
 
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