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Mictoctenopoma ansorgii tankmates

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    JK91
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    Hi all,

    Recently I’ve purchased a fish tank, with measurements 95x80x50 cm or 37x31x20 in inches. A nice tank for dwarf cichlids. Yet, after 10 years of keeping fish mainly from South America, I’m leaning towards a West African orientated tank. Something new to keep things interesting.

    The fish I’d like to keep are Microctenopoma ansorgii. I struggle to come up with the right tankmates, though.

    I know Barbus hulstaerti are found, or closely found, with M. ansorgii, but I’m afraid that they’ll be eaten once the M. ansorgii are big enough. I’ve seen a post on SF of someone who stated his/hers M. ansorgii ate adult P. gertrudae. If I recall correctly, P. gertrudae grow a little larger than B. hulstaerti, so I guess that’s a no-go.

    Other fish I thought of are Neolebias ansorgii, Epiplatys dageti, Aphyosemion sp. and Aplocheilichthys normani, but the only ones I’m sure are safe from being eaten, are E. dageti.

    I’ve thought of¬†Alestopetersius sp. and Phenacogrammus, but I believe they prefer more water movement and are too large and active for M. ansorgii.¬†

    Do any of you have suggestions of what to keep with M. ansorgii but are still found, preferbly, with M. ansorgii or atleast from West Africa?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jeffrey

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    Des
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    I wouldn’t be too worried about them eating their tank mates. They are a small micro predator. I have 3 ( 2m 1f ) with a group of 10 Enteromius fasciolatus, 5 unidentified Microalestes ? and a pair of Pelvicachromis sacrimontis. They are quite outgoing particularly when there is food about. Mine eat every thing that is offered , frozen , flake , live and even the pellets that you stick to the glass, and are well able to get their share. I have been told that they hide away if kept in a species set up. They do like floating plants for top cover. Regarding current the tank ; there will always be quieter areas which is where the floating plants will gather.

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