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Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match?
Posted By: Dave Guest <firstname.lastname@example.org> In Response To: Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match? (catjo)
Date: Monday, 17 July 2000, at 5:05 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Clowns an cichlids; an acceptable match? (catjo)
The only Synodontis that is native to Lake Malawi is Syno nyassae. The others mentioned are either from Tanganyika (multipunctatus, petricola, granulosus) or are riverine and don't require such hard alkaline water (eupterus, angelicus etc etc). I've seen an 8" angelicus at the British Aquarist Festival that I went to with Martin last year and believe me when I say it was HUGE... about as fat as a man's upper forearm.
Now what was the original question again? Ah yes, clowns and malawian haps... I think that's already been answered. It's possible but not an ideal combination. I suppose it's not as bad as attempting mbuna with clowns, and clowns have a wide pH tolerance range and Haps can tolerate it in the mid 7's so the water chemistry isn't the greatest concern here. I wouldn't worry either about the water movement in there as some parts of lake Malawi have such strong currents that it's almost impossible to hold position in the water when diving... oh yeah, and clowns live in side-ponds off river courses as well so they certainly don't demand a strong current.
Did you say what size tank this is? For Malawian haps you really ought to be planning in the 100G+ range. Anything smaller than that just isn't (IMHO) suitable.
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