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cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 5:05 pm
by johnnymax
I have been searching the net for cichlid tank mates, but almost all fish listed have a pH range of 6.6 - 7.5
That does not sound like a good tank mate to me if they are stressed from high pH all the time.
The only one I found in the same pH range was the Scavenger (upsidedown) Catfish, which I really am not crazy about.
It has a pH range of 7.5 - 9
I am wanting a scavenger or two in the tank.
What tank mates have ya'll had luck with, that are in the same pH range?

Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 6:36 pm
by DJRansome
Which cichlids?

Synodontis from Tanganyika are a good choice with African cichlids from the rift lakes if you don't have other bottom dwellers (like shellies).

Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 11:03 pm
by johnnymax
I am thinking about yellow labs and acei

Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 8:18 am
by DJRansome
A group of 5 Synodontis lucipinnis (formerly known as dwarf Petricola).

I would not add them as scavengers...no need for a scavenger in a clean tank. But they are great fish in their own merits.

If you want a fish to eat algae from the glass, a single bristlenose pleco usually works once they survive the initial introduction.

Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:59 pm
by johnnymax
DJRansome wrote:A group of 5 Synodontis lucipinnis (formerly known as dwarf Petricola).


I have always like they way they look and have always wanted some. They are making the list.

Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:01 pm
by GuitarShark
Ropefish, freshwater eels, synodontis, and pleco are all good options and I have heard of red tail sharks working.