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What is more aggressive?

Fri May 04, 2012 2:46 am

I am thinking of getting a Krib, or a Gombi for new tank set up, and was wondering which of these cichlids are more agro? Going for the calmer of the two.

Fri May 04, 2012 4:16 am

Hi What is a gombi???
xris :)

Fri May 04, 2012 6:05 am

I have pretty good luck with Kribs, they've only been aggressive while spawning or to other kribs of the same sex.

Fri May 04, 2012 6:16 am

samaki wrote:Hi What is a gombi???
xris :)


Google it and many links and images come up for Gombi cichlid.

https://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1537

http://www.cichlidlovers.com/j_transc_gombi.htm

Fri May 04, 2012 6:19 am

I want a good African dwarf friend for my Bolivian Ram. Do the Gombe eat snails, or fiddler crabs? Wouldn't think it could get a fiddler crab if a jewel can't, but they seemed designed for eating shelled

Fri May 04, 2012 12:23 pm

I don't think Julies of any kind are going to do well with Bolivian Rams, as the water requirements are pretty much opposite on the two. As far as Kribs with Bolivian Rams, not in a tank less than 4 feet long, and even then it's risky. Kribs are not aggressive until they spawn, as has been noted. What has not been noted is that when they do spawn, the aggression approaches and may even surpass that of a Jewel Cichlid, as do their territorial requirements. I had a 3 inch pair in a 3 foot tank that had 5 inch catfish and Geophagus shoved into one end of the tank when they spawned. And when I say one end, I mean practically up against the glass.

If you can get some Anomalochromis thomasi, they might co-exist with Bolivians in a 3 foot tank, though I guarantee they will run the tank. If they do spawn, they are not maniac aggressive like the Kribs can be. Incidentally, I had a 30 gallon tank infested with the livebearing gravel snails, and the thomasi wiped them out - I don't know how. Other possibilities are a bit harder to come by, and I cannot say from experience how they might behave.

Fri May 04, 2012 3:54 pm

Chromedome52 wrote:I don't think Julies of any kind are going to do well with Bolivian Rams, as the water requirements are pretty much opposite on the two. As far as Kribs with Bolivian Rams, not in a tank less than 4 feet long, and even then it's risky. Kribs are not aggressive until they spawn, as has been noted. What has not been noted is that when they do spawn, the aggression approaches and may even surpass that of a Jewel Cichlid, as do their territorial requirements. I had a 3 inch pair in a 3 foot tank that had 5 inch catfish and Geophagus shoved into one end of the tank when they spawned. And when I say one end, I mean practically up against the glass.

If you can get some Anomalochromis thomasi, they might co-exist with Bolivians in a 3 foot tank, though I guarantee they will run the tank. If they do spawn, they are not maniac aggressive like the Kribs can be. Incidentally, I had a 30 gallon tank infested with the livebearing gravel snails, and the thomasi wiped them out - I don't know how. Other possibilities are a bit harder to come by, and I cannot say from experience how they might behave.


Thanks for the alternative cichlid. As far as water "requirements" are concerned, I've had a variety of successful tank combo's that "weren't supposed to work", so I think the fish will do what the do best (adapt).

I really want an African Dwarf to offset my SA cichld aka creme puff. My wife's name for it when it was with my jewel before was bovarian cream puff, and the way the ram would get beaten up, but be evasive enough to go right back up to em like they were just buddies......jewel doesn't like friends. Cream puff has been lax with a variety of tank mates, and currently thinks that my red male betta is his best friend. lol!

The Gombe looks like it isn't even capable of doing much damage with the shape of its mouth being aimed downward (for shells I assume), plus I have a lot of distractions for the fish to redirect their attention (african frog, fiddler crab, and other lil fishies always seem to turn the attention elsewhere.

Re: What is more aggressive?

Mon May 07, 2012 9:28 pm

This krib seems to get along well with this German Blue Ram...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgRD_VlRyog

Re: What is more aggressive?

Tue May 08, 2012 10:47 am

Maybe it would be best to get a couple of female kribs. They shouldn't bother the rams when they aren't breeding, and the females are generally smaller and more colourful.

If the Julidochromis spawn, they will go after the rams, and are quite capable of inflicting significant damage.

Re: What is more aggressive?

Fri May 11, 2012 10:04 am

Hi If I was you I will search for a south american cihlid that can live well with yur bolivian ram,
xris
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