Question Is it possible to keep numerous keyholes?


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iZaO Jnr

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I have a 180 gallon, no stock, plan to finish the setup soon. Is it possible to stock the tank with 4 or 5 keyholes. I plan to have numerous other schooling fish in the tank
 

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Yes it is possible. I would do 4 <This is because, let's say that 4 of the Keyhole cichlids pair up; one will be left and most likely picked on or bullied by the other pairs> instead of 5. Since you will have more than one in there, be prepared if they pair up (Make sure to have a back-up plan).

Also may I recommend that you add schooling fish that are big enough that they won't be eaten by the Keyholes.
 

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Thanks php... i am thinking along the lines of medium sized schoolers, nothing way too small, but generally that shouldnt be an issue with so much space should it?
 

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what are your goals with keeping cichlids? Are you wanting pairs? Do you want them to breed?
 

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Not necessarily, I've seen their behavior before, particularly keyholes (was completely amazed). If I am able to pair them, and if they do want to breed, I'd very much love to see that, as I know it can be beautiful to see. Again if it will only cause problems then I have no issue leaving it to another time in the future, but as you will know (as so many people do), I want to get the most personality from my fish, making the interaction something to be proud of, as well as seeing something new.
 
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