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I am thinking of adding another single cichlid to my 55g angel tank. The tank currently has 5 juvie angels, 1 male Bolivian Ram, 5 corys, a pleco, and a load of assorted tetras.

I would like a larger (not dwarf) peaceful SA cichlid. This is a planted tank - so nothing that would devour my plants. I have been reading but feel pretty clueless about SA cichlids.

Any suggestions?

Would festivum or green severum work? I'm thinking that the severum get too big. What about keyhole cichlids?

Thanks.
 

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heyholes will work, i have a 110gal version stocked almost just like you. they do well in m/f pairs and they are technically a "dwarf"

severums are "supposed" to eat tetras and get up to a foot wich might be a bit big for a 55 (wich is only 12" wide)
 

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It's probably just me, but I dislike the idea of having a single specimen of a species in a tank. So my first thought would be to look at getting 2 female ans another male Bolivian ram. I think the thier social interaction will more than make up for what they lack in size.

If you can find them, instead of the Bolivian rams, I'd look at a pair of Laetacara flavilabris if you could find them. Forget the picture in the profile, go to the pictures link and look at the hobbiest photos.
 

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It's probably just me, but I dislike the idea of having a single specimen of a species in a tank. So my first thought would be to look at getting 2 female ans another male Bolivian ram. I think the thier social interaction will more than make up for what they lack in size.

If you can find them, instead of the Bolivian rams, I'd look at a pair of Laetacara flavilabris if you could find them. Forget the picture in the profile, go to the pictures link and look at the hobbiest photos.
That looks like a neat fish to keep. I have not seen any of those in my area.

I do want more rams. I bought 1 male to see how he would do before buying more as I have read that some shipments have high fatality rates. I went back to get more 2 weeks later and all they had left was 1 male. I will wait for more to come in.

Would having 4 rams, 5 angels, and 2 keyholes make my 55 look to crowded?
 

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probably wont "look" crowded, they all like different areas, rams are bottom, keyholes are bottom to mid, angels are mid/top
 
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