Cichlids as centerpiece for my tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by MatthewM, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    I wanted a cool centerpiece for my tank. And a ram would definitely do just that, but as i keep my tank at 77.7, probably not a great idea, and at the time of a water change nitrate is usually up to about 10ppm, thats too much for a ram right? Its not always that, just what it builds up to before i change water. I think i saw people talk about kribensis being peaceful? Can a kribensis safely be kept in a tetra tank? I can lower or raise my temp if need be. Wether for a ram or kribensis. Are there any other cool dwarf cichlid type fish? Or maybe even just any sort of centerpiece fish?
     
  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yep I got several kribensis in a tank that's kept at 76-77 degrees.


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  3. ricmcc

    ricmcc Well Known Member Member

    As a centre piece, you might wish to go with something a little larger. Blue acaras are quite lovely, usually stay in to 6-8" range, and are definitely one of the less aggressive cichlids.
    Of course, just because I like them doesn't mean that you will, but I think that they might be a better centre piece than a dwarf, as the latter can be a little shy, as a rule, and the acara will certainly fit into a 75g tank.
    Best of luck, rick
     




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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    I like it, but i have a piece of driftwood in my tank that would make this fish impossible :/ it takes up a very nice sized portion of my tank, so something that large would have some trouble.
     
  5. ricmcc

    ricmcc Well Known Member Member

    Could I interest you in a Keyhole cichlid, then:). They usually get to 4-5 inches, are non-aggressive, yet still large enough to catch the eye. Plus, they are plant friendly. I feel like a used car salesman, just now:).
    Best to you, rick
     
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    I shall look into it, thank you
     
  7. JeffK

    JeffK Well Known Member Member

    In a 75 gallon, you could do two pair of some sort of apistogramma.
    Another possibility would be a rainbow cichlid.
     
  8. Plecomaker

    Plecomaker Well Known Member Member

    Firemouths are another inbetween sizes option.
     
  9. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Depending on the rest of your stock a Cryptoheros sajica may work. Or a male convict.
    I would encourage you to also look at the other fish in the genus Archocentrus besides the rainbow cichlid, as they are good lookers. Like Archocentrus centrarchus the flier cichlid and Archocentrus spinosissimus.
     
  10. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    The Cryptoheros sajica looks like a mini-dovii, or a mini-flowerhorn.
     
  11. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    Yeah, so cool.....
     
  12. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Are they aggressive? Would be cool to have the fish with the body of a flowerhorn but the peaceful nature of a kribensis...
     
  13. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    I have read they are relatively peaceful.
     
  14. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    But I'm guessing that it's a relatively rare cichlid...
     
  15. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    Depends on where you look. The popularity goes up and down because it is easy to breed. It is usually available online somewhere.
     
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    MatthewM

    MatthewM Valued Member Member

    Picked up two german blues. I went to a petco. They were the only thing you guys mentioned that didn't look terrible. And they are actually quite nice. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1438630706.782633.jpg ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1438630706.782633.jpg
     
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    MatthewM

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  18. BDpups

    BDpups Well Known Member Member

    Jeff Rapps usually has them.

    And to @MatthewM. Nice looking rams :)
     




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