Non-cichlid Tankmates

While rift lake cichlids are certainly attractive, most aquarists want more variety than a cichlid-only tank provides. However, most tropical aquarium fish require softer, more acidic water or are too peaceful to withstand cichlid aggression. The goldfish on the below lasted a only few months with these juvenile cichlids from Lake Malawi.

Bad tankmate: goldfish

Fortunately there are compatible species to choose from. Most Moors and Scats can cooexist with cichlids as long as they have been acclimated to brackish water. There are also a variety of brackish water catfish to choose from. I keep Network Synos (Synodontis eupterus) and Raphael Talking catfish (Agamyxis pectinifrons) with my cichlids. Silver-tip/Columbian sharks (Arius seemani) can be kept with African cichlids as juveniles, but quickly require additional salt. By the time they mature they require almost marine water. For more information, visit Planet Catfish.

I have seen several accounts of plecos, gouramis and mollies being kept peacably with rift lake cichlids. These fish seem to tolerate the water conditions if the PH is around 7.5. I personally have a healthy clown pleco in my 155 gallon.


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