South American Cichlids • Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

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Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby jlmoss75 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:58 am

Hello everyone, I have a 29g community tank with 5 Serpae, 3 Black Skirt, 2 White Skirt, 1 Black Phantom Tetras, and 5 Sterbai Cory. I was thinking about adding 2 Keyhole Cichlids to the tank. I have read that this species is peaceful. They would be purchased as juveniles. Is this a bad idea? Would 2 be ok together no matter how the sexes turned out or should I only go for one if its an ok thing to do? Thank you for reading this and any comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Re: Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby dalto » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:48 am

All the keyholes I have ever had have been very peaceful. Probably the most peaceful cichlids I have owned.

I have never tried to keep them in a tank that small so I am not sure how they would react if you ended up with two males in such a small space.
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Re: Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby exodus1501 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:11 am

I have kept celestial pearl danios with my keyhole pair and havent had problems.
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Re: Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby jlmoss75 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:42 pm

Thank you for the comments. I now have 3 juvenile Keyholes in my community tank. Assuming I have at least one male and one female, at what age or size does the pairing happen? And what does the pairing behavior look like?
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Re: Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby exodus1501 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:42 pm

Typical spawning behaviour for cichlids. Digging pits, clearing surfaces, shaking at each other.

Mine didn't lip lock at all.
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Re: Adding Keyhole(s) to community tank?

Postby The camaro show » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:30 am

They are very nice fish just slow growers
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