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SubscribePlaco together with the Cichlids ....???
Small Fry
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Hi, I was thinking to ADD PLACO to my aquarium wchich houses
(4)electric yellow Cichlids,
(3)Kenyi Cichlids,
(2)Acei Cichlids,
(2)Red Zebra Cichlids (I believe)

Not sure if the cichlids will not attack/kill the placo..

So here I am asking the PROs..

Please advice...
Post InfoPosted 24-Jan-2010 02:03Profile PM Edit Report 
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First off what sized tank, and what is your water like?
Post InfoPosted 25-Jan-2010 01:03Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Small Fry
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The tank is 55 gal 48x13x21, and as far as water the readings are very good, the ph is 7.6, not sure what more info.
Post InfoPosted 25-Jan-2010 04:45Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
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EditedEdited 25-Jan-2010 07:36
I'm not sure why you would want to put an animal from
South and Central American rivers into a tank with
African Rift fish. Aesthetics aside, IMO it would not
be a good idea as the rift fish need a pH of 8 and a
GH/KH that is in the 200-400ppm range (11-22 degrees)
darned near "liquid rock" while the plecostomus thrives
in water that is just the opposite, acidic, and soft.

Not a good idea.

As far as the water in your tank, it is always a good idea
when asking questions to run a complete set of tests and
publish the results along with the question.
It would be good to know the pH, GH, KH, Ammonia,
Nitrite, and Nitrate.


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Post InfoPosted 25-Jan-2010 07:33Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
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Plecos are very wide ranged in water PH they are fine in 7.6ph. also rift lake cichlids are also fine at 7.6. Yes ive kept both for yrs and yrs and the cichlids will breed monthly like clock work.

the pleco is armored which is good to handle beatings but honestly this isnt a great idea. Let me try to explain. See those african lake cichlids live off algae , you might see them pick alot trying to scrape some off things. Well the pleco also eats algae and in the wild anything that threatens a cichlids food is a direct threat to its life.

Anyway it would be fine for a little while till the cichlids noticed the pleco eating their food then more then likely it wouldnt be let out of the cave again.

Hope this helps.
Post InfoPosted 25-Jan-2010 23:37Profile Homepage AIM PM Edit Delete Report 
Small Fry
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Thanks for all of your comments/suggestions, ill stick with just my cichlids,,,

thanks again...
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