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cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby johnnymax » Thu May 30, 2019 5:05 pm

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?
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Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby DJRansome » Thu May 30, 2019 6:36 pm

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).
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Petricola
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Homeless Peacocks; 33G Cobue
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Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby johnnymax » Thu May 30, 2019 11:03 pm

I am thinking about yellow labs and acei
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Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby DJRansome » Fri May 31, 2019 8:18 am

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.
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Petricola
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Homeless Peacocks; 33G Cobue
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Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby johnnymax » Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:59 pm

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.
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Re: cichlid tank mates (same pH)

Postby GuitarShark » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:01 pm

Ropefish, freshwater eels, synodontis, and pleco are all good options and I have heard of red tail sharks working.
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