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Batman - 2003-08-22
By far the easiest to breed. The pair will breed in a tipped over flower pot and will protect their young. The female will crush flakes and spit them out for the young to eat so they are easy to raise.

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bob - 2010-01-14
Is it neccesary to remove other cichlids or other fish from the tank when the breeding pair of krebensis are forging for food or just out and about? I noticed that they seem to be aggressive towards other fish in the tank , keeping them secluded away from the fry . Is this a stress factor for the other fish as thier movements are restricted . I currently have a 30 gallon tank with 1 convict cichlid, plus 1 electric yellow cichlid and another I havent identified (orange colored), besides the krebensis pair.

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  • Julie - 2011-08-19
    I would remove all other bottom dwelling fish. I had a pair of spawning albino kribs in a 20-gallon with 2 other small female kribs, 1 catfish, two blue rams, and 1 small algea eater. The two spawning kribs (I suspect the male) killed the catfish, algae eater, and both other female kribs. The blue rams were fine since they avoided the bottom of my tank. Their movement is restricted but they seem to be doing fine and look very healthy (beautiful color). They still get chased around from time to time by my male krib though, especially at feeding time.
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Anthony - 2012-11-12
What fish can I put in with my 2 oscars?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    First thing.  How big is your tank?
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lew - 2011-08-06
I am in dire need of females red zebras. I have bought a dozen or so localy and turns out they were all males. I hate seeing them tear each other up.

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josue - 2011-07-30
Can r.d. be with/ oscars, arowanas, fresh water moray eel, pleco, red tail cat, bala shark, mystic shark, motoro sting ray, red ear slider turtle, severum, parrot cichlid, discus, frontosa, pacu, dog tooth cichlid, clown knife, black ghost and jewel cichlid in a 150 gal.?

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  • Red Devil Lover - 2011-08-09
    To be quite honest, I already think your tank is over populated you have some big fish in there. Adding a Red Devil will only cause him/her and the other fish stress.
  • Tank Dwellers - 2011-11-06
    Your tank is capable of handling 50-60 fish you should be fine. My breeder keeps around 150-170 fish in his 240 gal.
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    No, Defintely No, a single pacu,red tail catfish,clown knife fish or arowana would be to big for that tank each requiring 500 gallons, 2000 for the red tail catfish. A few serveums or parrot cichlids would be okay in that tank. Some fontosas by themselves would be okay. And a colony of dog tooth cichlids would be good.6-7 discus with no tank mates would be okay. Red ear sliders are best kept without fish in the tank. A Motoro sting ray would be okay but they are very difficult to keep. 3-4 bala
  • bill - 2011-12-20
    No, Deffintaly No, a single pacu,red tail catfish, mystic shark, clown knife fish or arowana would be to big for that tank each requiring 500 gallons, 2000 for the red tail catfish. A few serveums or parrot cichlids would be okay in that tank. Some fontosas by themselves would be okay. And a colony of dog tooth cichlids would be good.6-7 discus with no tank mates would be okay. Red ear sliders are best kept without fish in the tank. A Motoro sting ray would be okay but they are very difficult to keep. 3-4 Bala sharks would be good. Or one black ghost knife. Or two oscars. Or one red devil. If you put every one of those fish in a 125 gallon none of them could move it would be so crowded!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-10
    You have a very different grouping of wish. As this guys grow I think you are going to have some issues. I would not add anymore fish. One thing you didn't add is the size of the current tankmates and if you have other tanks to re-home if they out grow the tank.
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Liesh - 2005-08-17
I own 3 red devils, 2 female 1 male. One male and female are in a split tank and spend all their days trying to get to one another. When they do succeed they fight heavily. The female has just layed eggs and will not let the male anywhere near her or the eggs. They are all beautiful fish and love to bite you. They are always hungry and get annoyed when you change their tank, so they rearrange everything until they are satisfied. They love frozen blood worms, and like to kill small fish for the fun of it.

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  • Chynna - 2013-01-18
    All of these articles have saved me a lot of headhaecs.
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fffddff - 2004-09-05
ihave two blue acaras they bred succesfully and so are the babies

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Rock Sor - 2013-01-04
'The second commonly suggested cross is between a Central American cichlid and one of two South American Cichlids: the Red Devil Cichlid Amphilophus labiatus (previously Cichlasoma labiatum) and one of either the Severum Heros severus (also called the Banded Cichlid) or the Blue-eye cichlid Cryptoheros spilurus (previously Cichlasoma spilurum).' Only one of these fish is from South America, and that's Heros severus. Both Ampilophus labiatus and Cryptoherus spilurs are from Central America.

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  • Claudia - 2013-01-18
    Well done atricle that. I'll make sure to use it wisely.
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Jason Lee - 2003-08-28
I have 4 blue acaras. They stick together and sometimes even defend the littlest one from the firemouths red devil and the Jack Dempsey most of all. Everyone should have a Blue acara.

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  • Mieke - 2012-05-05
    How big is the tank you are keeping the 4 blue acaras in? Are they two pairs? I am thinking about buying two pairs for my 320 liter tank. Do you think that would be possible?

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Mieke
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Jason Aldridge - 2012-10-22
What works for me is making my tank as much like a pond as possible...Please don't mistake this as a lack of filtration but the opposite. I have 3 h.o.b. filters (aquaclear I think) on my 29 gallon Goldhead tank. I haven't changed the filters in that thing for 5 months, I just keep solid waste to a minimum with quick siphon use and top off using prime dechlor. I think the key is regularity. 1 or 2 gallons removed from my tank using a siphon and then replaced isn't a 30% water change, throw the rules out the window....These fish appreciate stability and will reciprocate that appreciation to you in the form of fry. Sad Compressiceps won't breed. I feed Tetra Jumbo Krill (broken in half while dry) and mysis shrimp and occasional live brine treat. New life spectrum is a great first food to offer also. THESE FISH ARE FAR FROM DELICATE!! I often hold them out of water for 45 seconds at a time for accurate sexing. I STRONGLY agree with the other fella or lady about the Conch Shells....VERY IMPORTANT!! I wanted to show in this post that comps and calvus are actually very easy fish to care for and of all the comps. I've had and have, none have died from a mysterious illness or disappeared. Thank you for your time

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