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What cichlids could I add?

Mon May 06, 2019 7:50 pm

Hi all,

I have a 75 gallon with 4 hecqui, 4 Julie's, and 4 brichardi. I'm hoping to get some cyprichromis, I'm wondering are there any other potential compatible species I could add? I love the leleupi but am not sure if my Julie's would have a huge issue with them. Or xenotilapia? I've been told calvus wouldnt be compatable, is that correct? Anything else that might be ok?
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Re: What cichlids could I add?

Mon May 06, 2019 10:26 pm

If you swap out the brichardi for calvus you could add a dozen cyps. That would be a fully stocked tank.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 07, 2019 6:53 am

DJRansome wrote:If you swap out the brichardi for calvus you could add a dozen cyps. That would be a fully stocked tank.


+ 1 As soon as I saw Brichardi, I had the same thought. As beautiful as they are, a species tank is a better bet.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 07, 2019 9:19 am

What's wrong with brichardi?

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 07, 2019 11:24 am

Goodapples wrote:What's wrong with brichardi?


They enjoy the mid to top column of the water. Aggressive towards others sharing the same space, such as cyps.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 07, 2019 12:57 pm

Interesting, mine never leave the bottom. Maybe it's just my set up. I can see them being aggressive towards cyprichromis though.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 07, 2019 2:06 pm

They also have a rep for being aggressive to EVERYONE when spawning. Species tank is good for them.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Mon May 13, 2019 12:57 am

Problem with the tank, is that there isn't really any separate territories. The hecqui would easily be fine with the brichardi. The dickfeldi would probably ok too... especially if they paired up first, but you want distinct territories. I'd agree with the others though, if you want to add Cyps, you are going to need to drop one of the other species.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 14, 2019 2:58 pm

The tank has been running with these guys for almost a month. The tank has a rediculous amount of hiding spots so everyone has claimed their own spots, the only one that doesn't is one of the dickfeldi, but I have floating plants and floating rocks that it hangs out in. Two of the Brichardi have hung out together as soon as I set up the tank so I'm guessing they may have been a pair when I got them, but everyone else has their seperate spots now with no major quarrels. But the whole top half of my tank is totally empty all the time which is a bummer.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 14, 2019 4:06 pm

The fish will mature and settle in and spawn over the coming months (it might even take a year) and you can expect changes in behavior and interactions. One month is not enough time to predict how things will go.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Tue May 14, 2019 8:42 pm

Would it be better to have one of each species then, to avoid spawning? I have no idea what sexes I have

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Wed May 15, 2019 8:23 am

Why not swap out the brichardi and add cyps? One of each fish might do nothing but hide. As they mature you can remove extra fish...they will be rejected by the dominant pair.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Wed May 15, 2019 9:25 am

I don't want to be constantly tearing down my tank to try and catch fish as they mature, and I dont like having to rehome fish over and over, just like getting fish and keeping them till old age. That's why I chose the tangs in the first place, because I didnt want fish that would outgrow my 75g

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Wed May 15, 2019 1:22 pm

It's not an outgrow thing...it is an aggression thing. Julidochromis and brichardi tend to pair. A dominant pair will form and drive extra fish in their species to the surface...preliminary to actually killing them.

Re: What cichlids could I add?

Wed May 15, 2019 8:11 pm

No I understand what you are saying, I'm simply stating that my goal in this tank was not having to rehome fish. Looks like I was mislead on what could co exist. I don't want fish pairing off, since that means fry, which means rehoming fish once I'm overstocked. So now im not sure what to do
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