Animal Stories - Salvini Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Salvini Cichlid

The Salvini Cichlid is known for dramatic changes in coloring over its life and becomes intensely attractive, sporting a very deep yellow with black markings!
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Max miller - 2013-03-23
So i have a cory catfish tank it is a 80 right now and i have cory catfish and just a 3 inch eletric blue jack dempsy and at the pet shop the cichlid that is in the top is just 2 inch big will that be ok? And i have a bunch of hiding spots

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Cory will more then likely end up getting a lot of harrassment.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-24
    So can i keep them with him or her for a with the corys?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Coryadoras are very peaceful catfish, so if mixing them with cichlids... I'd keep a close eye out. Even though they do occupy different areas of the tank, they can still be at risk.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-26
    So can i keep a tank divider in there like 40 gallons for corys and another for the cichlids
  • max miller - 2013-07-16
    Will they be ok with angelfish in a 50 galllon?
Ms. Bell - 2013-06-29
Hello, so I have some questions. 1) I have a 29 gallon tank with a bunch of conduct fry, a 3' marble convict and a 3' salvini. I plan to get rid of most of the fry, will my marbled convict breed with one of my black convict? If so does the marble get a red belly like the female black convict? 2) I believe my salvini is a female, but I am not sure are there any definite ways to tell? 3) I currently have a purple spotted govt in one of my community tanks and I'm wondering if he can holds his own against my cichlids, I was told he can be aggressive and will eat smaller fish. Thanks in advance.

Mike - 2004-07-18
i had a salvini for a while, they are nice to have. he never attacked any of my fish but he always hid in a little house. i noticed my firemouth and convict were messing with him. his blue strips turned black and thats when he got very aggressive. the next thing i know he locks on with the firemouth and twist his mouth and the firemouth runs, then he locks on the convict. he was so aggressive i had to remove him from the tank.

then my jack dempsey went into his house and i put the salvini back in the tank. he got mad again because the jack dempsey was in his house, so he attacked the jack dempsey. they locked on but the jack dempsey was a little bigger, same lengh just he was fatter, so the jack dempsey over powered the salvini. ever since that day i had to sell my salvini. it was a big tank and i had 3 houses in it, but he wanted that one. i suggest if you get a salvini put him in a tank alone.

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  • knifefish - 2013-03-08
    Nice story.
  • ivan.houseago - 2013-03-23
    hi mike, as with all territorial cichlids you must change the d├ęcor around on a regular basis this will cut down on aggression. Soon as the battles over real estate start, move house!
Jason - 2004-11-15
I have found this cichlid to be not as aggressive as mentioned by many people. I have even been able to keep a breeding pair with smaller species. They are very beautiful and never fail to draw comments from everyone who sees my 75gal. show tank. Currently I have severums, a high-backed headstander, and 3 species of catfish residing with the salvinis and all are doing well.

Vishal Panchal - 2009-04-11
I have a pair of Salvini Cichlids. They are doing fine with the other fishes I have like the Danios, Blue Morph Cichlids, Serpae Tetra, Tiger Barbs, Botia Robusta, Pencil Fish, and Buenos Aires Tetra. One of the salvinis I have is around 3 inches, it's a bit aggressive but doesn't really harm other fishes. I would recommend it as a community fish though.

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  • dale long - 2011-12-31
    I have had two breeding pairs of salvini, if I were you I would remove all of the non cichlids to a new tank. 3 inches is still a baby, if you get a breeding pair,at 5 or 6 inches. They will surely mess your community tank up. I have 150 gal. tank with a pair of Salvini, 2 convect, 2 Texas cichlids, 2 firemouth, 2 dempsey, and 5 offspring of the Salvini. The only reason I think I get away with this is, #`1 tank size #2 lots of hiding places #3 more than 1 or 2 other fish to pick on. Don't get me wrong I love my Salvini, but you need a big tank and luck [as I have had].
Rohith - 2010-10-10
About a month and a half ago, I bought a new 3'*1 1/2'**1 1/2' tank for my flower horn, and I got 3 Salvinis as complimentary fish from the tank maker. I did not have any other tank to keep them, so I partitioned the tank using a mesh with the Flower horn on the other side... One day, I saw a Salvini being attacked by the other two. Then, I browsed on the net to find out about their sexing, following which I found out that there was one female and two males, one among which was being attacked. I gave that away and the male and female had become a pair and bred in that tank beside the Flower horn. The fry hatched successfully, but then was eaten by the parents, sadly... Then I bought a separate tank for the breeding pair but the male injured the female badly, so I had to separate the pair using the mesh, 2 weeks after which I removed the mesh. They have successfully paired up again and are now showing signs of breeding! They also display brilliant colours at times of breeding! All the best to all salvini owners!

Kiran - 2007-11-12
I have 1 Salvini with 2 Jack Dempsey's, 2 Green Terror's, and a Frontosa. He is very territorial but also sociable. Good Fish.

Kiran 12.11.07

Joanne Smart - 2009-11-04
I had a pair of Salvini's in my community tank and they did ok for a while. Then I woke one morning to find that one of my Danio's had lost its tail. It sadly died and I removed the Salvini's into their own tank and they could be no other culprit. Be VERY careful with these fish in a community tank. They may seem ok but will get VERY aggressive at mating time and you may lose fish.

jonas jumaquio - 2009-07-09
I recently found out what type of cichlid I have. I have a breeding pair of Salvini cichlids and they are fun to watch. When they are doing the mating dance thing, they kinda kiss each other so hard that they get pushed back and you can see that the impact makes their mouths flaky. I once put a crayfish in with them and they didn't stop attacking it until the crayfish hid and stayed under one of the castles and never got out(poor guy). I found the crayfish one day, all hard and dead. Don't know if they actually killed it but it died. Salvini cichlids are territorial for sure.

Denise - 2007-08-30
i bought a pair, and they did breed. it was interesting and now i have like 100 or more little fish in my tank, which is great.