South American Cichlids • stocking options 75

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stocking options 75

Postby sherco » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:32 am

My Oscars will get their new home next week so my 75 will be empty. I am drawn to the beautiful fish of South or Central America. I would love to have a pair of large fish (75 gallon, appropriate) that can be semi-aggressive but won't kill each other when they mate. I plan to get 5 or 6 juvies and let them pair off.

There are so many lovely cichlids but every time I find one I like, they are too big for a 75. I have 38 years in the hobby and I have Oscars, have Angels, have had Discus, have had Africans, so they are out. I am drawn towards Severums so that is a look I like.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby JRW81 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:17 am

Since you’re drawn to severums a 75 would be good for a pair. I use to have two in a 75 with a large school of tetras and corys. It made a really good looking and active tank
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby thornsja19 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:12 am

Severums would be fine. And if you liked the Angels, a Severum/Angel mix is fairly common and works well. I didn't want to add it to my signature yet in case it doesn't work out, but I just added 3 Platinum Angels to the 60g in my signature. Going very smoothly so far.
60g 1 Gold Severum, 1 Electric Blue Acara, 1 Platinum Angel, 1 Firemouth, 4 Rainbow cichlid, 10 Tiger Barbs, 1 BN pleco, 1 ABN pleco
10g German Blue Ram pair
3.5g Male Betta, Dwarf Cory cat
3.5g Male Betta
All tanks have MTS and Assassin snails
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby sherco » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:54 pm

Since I have very hard water that I have to use RO/DI water mix to keep pH low for my blue angels, I have decided to go for an Mbuna tank with my other 75. But I have a planted tank with angels, are you saying I could put some Severums in that tank?
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby JRW81 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:43 am

I wouldn’t recommend severums in a planted tank. I’ve tried many different plants with them and they have eaten all of them
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby Vociferus » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:45 am

I have 2 severums in a 75G planted. They did eat one plant but have left my Java Fern and Annubias alone.
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Re: stocking options 75

Postby sherco » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:35 pm

Thanks. I am going to concentrate on the mbuna tank for now but I appreciate the info from you both.
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