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Crenicichla compressiceps
October 10, 2011
3:10 am
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sharkdude
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Does anyone have any personal experience with these fish? I'm looking at getting one for my Biotope tank and want to make sure its a good idea.

I will have an L066, a Mikrogeophagus ramirezi(Golden Longfin var.) a Laetacara curviceps, a Herotilapia multispinosa and 11 Inpaichthys kerri's and possibly a Pterophyllum leopoldi or Scalare(red blushing or blue variant) and L200 or L239

October 10, 2011
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Not in my opinion. They are fascinating little fish, but IMO are not compatible with Rams or Curviceps. You might get away with it, but it might also end up very messy.
How big is your tank?

The Herotilapia isn't really suitable for housing with the smaller cichlids either, and unlike the rest of your fish is from Mesoamerica.

October 10, 2011
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QUOTE (coelacanth @ Oct 10 2011, 05:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not in my opinion. They are fascinating little fish, but IMO are not compatible with Rams or Curviceps. You might get away with it, but it might also end up very messy.
How big is your tank?

The Herotilapia isn't really suitable for housing with the smaller cichlids either, and unlike the rest of your fish is from Mesoamerica.

It's a 46 bowfront.

Yeah I know about the Rainbow...I just really like them and he fits in really nice with the crowd. No aggression in the tank whatsoever. But I am willing to part with the Curvicep if need be since they have been disappointingly shy.

October 11, 2011
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They're fairly hardy for a dwarf pike and very agressive like most of the other dwarves. I temporarily housed some for my friend for about 8 months. They are quite aggressive. I had 4 of them in a 60 gallon breeder flat and had major aggression issues even though the tank was litered with driftwood and caves. I can't really comment on keeping one singly, but I would for sure say Laeteacara curviceps and Microgeophagus ramerizi, especially a long fin type is doomed. The Herotilapia doesn't quite fit as it is a Central American Cichlid, but would probably do ok as they are tough even though they are relatively peaceful. Your I. kerri may also become snacks for the Crenicichla compressiceps. The loricariids will be left alone as should your angelfish as long as it isn't a long fin variety.

Personally in 46, I wouldn't get more fish as loriicarids can be quite messy and put quite a bio load on the tank. Definitely don't get the pike though. They are very cool fish, but in my opinion would be a horrible addition to your tank.

October 11, 2011
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QUOTE (nuchal man @ Oct 10 2011, 08:15 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
They're fairly hardy for a dwarf pike and very agressive like most of the other dwarves. I temporarily housed some for my friend for about 8 months. They are quite aggressive. I had 4 of them in a 60 gallon breeder flat and had major aggression issues even though the tank was litered with driftwood and caves. I can't really comment on keeping one singly, but I would for sure say Laeteacara curviceps and Microgeophagus ramerizi, especially a long fin type is doomed. The Herotilapia doesn't quite fit as it is a Central American Cichlid, but would probably do ok as they are tough even though they are relatively peaceful. Your I. kerri may also become snacks for the Crenicichla compressiceps. The loricariids will be left alone as should your angelfish as long as it isn't a long fin variety.

Personally in 46, I wouldn't get more fish as loriicarids can be quite messy and put quite a bio load on the tank. Definitely don't get the pike though. They are very cool fish, but in my opinion would be a horrible addition to your tank.

The tank is heavily planted and runs a Fluval 305 filter. I did have a Glyptoperichthys scrophus in there also and had a constant good reading on the test kit.

I made a bunch of calls yesterday and no one seems to be able to get pike cichlids of any kind anymore around here.

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