Tank­mates

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - African Cichlids -

My ex­pe­ri­ence of breed­ing this species has been a lit­tle nerve-rack­ing, but I would class them as my big­gest suc­cess to date. If you have the chance, give them a go! With hind­sight, I’d sug­gest a larger aquar­ium – 120cm would give the fe­male much more space to evade the male.

To keep them just as a cen­tre­piece though, a live­lier aquar­ium seems best as ter­ri­to­ries are re­laxed by the males and they be­come more ac­com­mo­dat­ing of fe­males who aren’t in prime spawn­ing con­di­tion.

Suit­able tank­mates could in­clude the smaller Dis­ti­chodus and Phenacogra­mus species. I’ve also heard re­ports of African But­ter­fly cich­lids, Ano­ma­lochromis thomasi, work­ing well. Many medium-sized characins and barbs that will cope with the low ph should work fine too.

Most non bite-sized fish will be left alone, but be cau­tious when hous­ing Red-lipped kribs with other ter­ri­to­rial species.

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