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Maintaining a saxatilis group pike cichlid pair

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:52 pm
by Stoic_Southpaw
Hi everyone,

I've unsuccessfully kept a pair of saxatilis group pikes before (they spawned, but then the male killed the female). I'm looking to try again (from juveniles), this time with a more cautious approach. Does anyone have any tips for keeping both members of the pair happy once a pair forms? How would you set up the tank? Any fish that might work as dithers at least temporarily once the pair is established?

My thought is to use a 55g and add a decent amount of current. I'd make some rock piles, include a flower pot, add some driftwood tangles, and throw in some vals for more cover. I think I'd have to have A LOT of cover to make this work. What are everyone's thoughts? Is this a bad idea doomed to fail? Thanks!