Question Question about dwarf cichlids?

Finatic005

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Hello FIshlore,

I was wondering if it is good to keep just one dwarf cichlid in a tank as a center piece fish, or do they prefer to be in a school?
 

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It depends on the species, but in general keeping them solo depraves them of behavioural cues and enrichment.
Most Dwarf cichlids are no schooling fish either.

What species/genus are you thinking of? German Blue Rams, Bolivian Rams, Apistogramma, Anomalochromis, Pelvicachromis?
 

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If it's for the 20 gallon in your profile, I'd consider a m/f pair of most dwarf cichlids as adequate, but no... I wouldn't keep a dwarf cichlid alone.
 

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Dwarf Cichlids can successfully be kept solo. A male Bolivian Ram might prove to be a better centerpiece specimen. It's a bigger fish and a little more durable than its cousin, the German Blue Ram.
Rams in general do better in species specific colonies.
 
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MacZ said:
It depends on the species, but in general keeping them solo depraves them of behavioural cues and enrichment.
Most Dwarf cichlids are no schooling fish either.

What species/genus are you thinking of? German Blue Rams, Bolivian Rams, Apistogramma, Anomalochromis, Pelvicachromis?
I'm personally open to species but I like apistos and german blue's (especially Electric Blue Ram Dwarf Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi))

faydout said:
If it's for the 20 gallon in your profile, I'd consider a m/f pair of most dwarf cichlids as adequate, but no... I wouldn't keep a dwarf cichlid alone.
I'll look into m/f pair, thanks
A201 said:
Dwarf Cichlids can successfully be kept solo. A male Bolivian Ram might prove to be a better centerpiece specimen. It's a bigger fish and a little more durable than its cousin, the German Blue Ram.
Rams in general do better in species specific colonies.
OK, well I will think about that too, Thanks!
 

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