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Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match?
Posted By: catjo <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match? (Iris)
Date: Sunday, 16 July 2000, at 7:43 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match? (Iris)
Iris is probably thinking of the Synodontis eupterus "Sailfin". Their coloration usually ends up being more grey than golden but they are a nice fish. Petricolas are one of my favorites but stay a little small for larger cichlids IMO. Synodontis angelicus are gorgeous and even though they are stated to reach 8", I've never seen one (even with Armke's here in town) and they tend to grow very slowly after about 4" (does that sound familiar?-CLOWNS). Any of the syndodontis that don't grow too large for you will be great with Malawi cichlids.
I have Malawi cichlids with my clowns and all is great but I'm not going to recommend it because I know it is not the THING to do. There are two schools of thought out there on this. 1) Fish will adapt to pH as long as it is not too drastic (they may not breed, but can be happy in a pH different from where they orginate). 2) You must tamper with the pH and have it exactly or as close as possible for each fish.
I go with the first up to a point. I don't have discus and some of the very delicate dwarf cichlids because of their NEED for low pH. I have had gold rams spawn in my 7.8 water. The eggs didn't hatch of course but they did spawn. It thought that was pretty great.
Whatever you decide, best of luck! If you decide to keep the clowns and cichlids together, my tip is to add the clowns first or at least at the same time as the cichlids. You don't want the cichlids thinking they own the tank before the sweet little clowns come in to live.
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