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Dither Fish for African Cichlids
Unread 12-29-2011, 7:28 AM   #1
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Question Dither Fish for African Cichlids

Suggestions? I've seen a number out there including rainbows, tiger barbs, giant danios. I have a 75gal with red zebras, yellow labs and electric blues, lots of rock work. Would like a few dither fish to keep them comfortable/reduce stress.

Appreciate any thoughts
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Unread 01-07-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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I used 8 tiger barbs as a starter/dither in my 100 gallon tank. I got some of the more peaceful haps and mbunas from Malawi and 3 barbs still got killed. The other 5 are doing pretty good now that the tank has settled down. Barbs do hang around midwater though so if you use them, expect a few losses. Rainbows and Danios mostly stick close to top water so they should be OK.
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Giant danios are the best choice and the cheapest.
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How many of each type of mbuna do you have. The three types seem like a pretty good mix. What makes you feel that you need dithers?
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I've kept goodeids as dithers for mbuna and smaller haps: Ameca and Ilyodon...

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Congo tetras and tough and beautiful .
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