Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:46 PM
We made a quick trip to Petsmart last night for dog treats, and I of course had to go visit the fish section. I was happy to see that my research has paid off somewhat, and I was able to identify many different fish (and their improper tankmates!) without looking at their tags. Wondered outloud to myself why a goldfish was in the ADF tank, and if that's why the tank was otherwise unoccupied. They had a wall of maybe a dozen tanks of various goldfish, so it was definitely peculiar he was far away on another wall, in a tank meant for another species entirely. The pictus catfish were flying all around their tank and pretty amusing to watch!
The cichlids were in a few tanks themselves, "assorted African" being the strangest scientific name I've ever seen! There was a rainbow of fish in that tank, yellow labs and bumblebees amongst them, and I had a strong feeling all would not be so peaceful if they weren't such tiny babies. One of them was swishing back and forth on the substrate, digging himself a little bed, and I thought that was simply so adorable and fascinating, it confirmed to me that cichlids are what I want to put in my tank.
I am not very interested in any shell dwellers, and far more drawn to my little buddy the cockatoo Apisto, as mentioned in my title. I am also very interested in the Bolivian Rams, and the Mrs. was of course drawn to the bright yellow labs in the Petsmart tank. I have done much research into the BR's and Apistos, but not so much the yellow labs. From what I've read, they seem to require a large population to keep aggression down, and I'm not entirely sure I want a tank full of bright yellow fish. The kitties on the other hand I'm sure would enjoy something so bright and easy to watch.
My question is this- can the Apisto cacatuoides live peacefully with the Bolivian Rams, or the Labs? I'm not interested in breeding at all at this point, though if it were to happen, I'd certainly be happy my fish were happy enough to spawn. Is there a specific number of each fish that would work well together?
I'm also curious how essential 'dither' fish are- the only ones I've seen mentioned with these cichlids are tetra, assuming they're from the same biotope. I'm not very fond of tetra, but if they'll make my cichlids happier, I'll get some.
I was also thinking about a bristlenose pleco, though I haven't researched these as thoroughly either. I really like Maryanne's blue one though, and the babies it had were far too cute to resist!
Any input, ideas, suggestions or just "nooooo don't do that, silly!" are appreciated!
Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:34 AM
Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:22 PM
Do let us know what you decide to do! I'm looking myself into restocking some of my tanks. I don't have as many as I used to have but that isn't really a bad thing. I've gone from having 15 tanks to having 6 and 2 of those are betta tanks, LOL.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:27 PM
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