Cories and Cichlids

peacemaker92

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Hi Jake,

I'm not sure which Cory likes high PH but I'd advise getting a school of Cories, about 6-7 of them as they would be happier in a group of that number. Best of luck!
 

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3 are nice...but in a big tank wont look like much and they would be less stressed if they were in a number like 6.
 

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Cories should not be kept with yellow labs or any other African Rift Lake cichlid. They are too peaceful and will be stressed to death if not killed outright.
 

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Good morning,

Jake I'm glad you've asked for second opinions as I mentioned.

Harpua, should the African Rift Lake Cichlids be a species only tank? He was asking me about a Peppermint Pleco too.

Ken
 

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I don't think it would be a good idea to have Cories with rift lake cichlids. As Harpua mentioned the cichlids will be way too aggressive for the Cories to deal with. A Peppermint Bristlenose will be fine.
 

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You need a larger cory if you want to try putting them with labs. I still think the results will be disaster unless you use them as dither fish for spawning. The chiclid breeders I know use larger cories like C42 kristanae to help get chilids to spawn by making them defend a territory. When spawning occurs they remove the poor beat up cories.
 

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Hello RedKahuna,

Oh....poor Cory's. Seems I read somewhere that these type of cichlids will breed at the drop of a hat as long as enough caves and hiding places are available. I don't know for certain that the use of Cory's in this manor is necessary. Personally I wouldn't put the Cory's through it.

Ken
 

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Hello RedKahuna,

Oh....poor Cory's. Seems I read somewhere that these type of cichlids will breed at the drop of a hat as long as enough caves and hiding places are available. I don't know for certain that the use of Cory's in this manor is necessary. Personally I wouldn't put the Cory's through it.

Ken
+1 Most Mbuna are pretty easy to breed, especially yellow labs.
 
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I am not getting the peppermint pleco as it is way too expensive here. I was thinking of just a normal pleco but it might outgrow the tank. My other options were bristlenoses but they were to small.

I got 3 Electric Yellows yesterday by the way.
 
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