Which cichlids can I keep with my Tigers?
I recently upgraded to a 450 l/100 gal tank. I moved three Clown loaches of approximately 13.5cm each and 12 Tiger barbs into it from one of my smaller tanks. I would now like to introduce some cichlids. I’m a fan of
Geophagus species – however, I’m not sure how they will fare with the boisterous Tiger barbs!
Can you please suggest a gregarious cichlid that will be able to stand up for itself, but won’t see the Tiger barbs as a tasty snack? AUGUSTA DOREY, EMAIL
JEREMY SAYS: All Geophagus will be able to cope with the boisterous nature of Tiger barbs, but many Geophagus species develop those flowing dorsal and anal fin filaments that will literally be lost to the Tigers as they will nip them off. Geophagus brasiliensis, however, doesn’t have those and is hardy and robust, so it would make a great choice for your new set-up.
Also from South America are the Acaras, with the Blue acara,
Andinoacara pulcher, being suitable and widely available, but you could also opt for any Aequidens, like A. metae or A. diadema. True Cichlasoma portalegrense would be suitable, along with any of the Severums. Or what about Central American cichlids like the Blue-eyed cichlid, Cryptoheros spilurus
Tiger barbs need the right tankmates to avoid nipping issues.