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bennet
09-24-2008, 11:24 AM
just wandering anyone suggest a good tank mate for my foot long male dovii?want him to be more aggressive and competitive for food.of course i want the other fish to not be killed.any ideas?????/:naughty:

haynchinook334
09-24-2008, 11:27 AM
gold fish, guppies,...... how big is he?

danny2875
09-24-2008, 11:28 AM
not really good tankmates for a male dovii. cause when he reaches monster size, he can take out pretty much almost anything. you can but a midas cichlid or a red devil. managuense cichlid will do fine. any of the large cichlids that can hold their own. male festae is also good. blue freckled monster ( umbie ) make sure that these other fish are just as big.

Mudfrog
09-24-2008, 11:41 AM
How big is the tank? You could try some dithers but so far I've been unsuccessful keeping anything else with mine. Maybe try a female Dovii if the tank is large enough..

balton777
09-24-2008, 11:45 AM
The first tankmate my Dovii accepted was a Pike cichlid. A Crenicichla sp. Venezuela to be exact. After that I tried my Festae and some bichirs and he leaves them alone too. Actually, I may have to separate my Festae because she won't leave the Dovii alone :WHOA:. I would try a Pike and give it a place to retreat where the Dovii can't get to....just in case.

balton777
09-24-2008, 12:05 PM
Just remember that most Dovii won't accept any tankmates without LOTS of space. Especially since it's had the tank to itself.

Be ready to remove it if it's not working out.

calicichlid
09-24-2008, 12:41 PM
Why not use dithers or target fish.

Chago09
09-24-2008, 2:29 PM
I have kept Bichirs with the worst of of the worst. My Trimac was more aggressive then any fish by far, I'll guarantee that. Although once I added a Bichir that was a decent size and the Trimac never even looked at him once. Didn't even bother. I think its because they swim in different water columns and the cichlids don't look at them as competition for food so they leave them alone. I think any cichlid that swims in the dovii area and eats his food from the water surface is gonna get the snot beat out of them. A bichir will eat food as it hits the floor and there pretty cool fish too.

Mudfrog
09-24-2008, 2:35 PM
I have kept Bichirs with the worst of of the worst. My Trimac was more aggressive then any fish by far, I'll guarantee that. Although once I added a Bichir that was a decent size and the Trimac never even looked at him once. Didn't even bother. I think its because they swim in different water columns and the cichlids don't look at them as competition for food so they leave them alone. I think any cichlid that swims in the dovii area and eats his food from the water surface is gonna get the snot beat out of them. A bichir will eat food as it hits the floor and there pretty cool fish too.

My Dovii went after my bichirs as well.

cookiemonster
09-24-2008, 2:45 PM
It would have to be a non cichlid. In my experience, dovii will eat smaller cichlids and kill anything that's too big. However, tinfoil barbs are too fast to be caught, and bichirs have that tough skin.

Cichla dude
09-24-2008, 3:00 PM
Pacus might work as well. If the tanks big enough. For cichlids Red devils, midas, o jags should hold their own.

Chago09
09-24-2008, 3:01 PM
My Dovii went after my bichirs as well.

did your bichirs have anywhere to hide??? or was it a barebottom empty tank???

Mine had a nice ledge to lay under so the Trimac couldn't get him. The Trimac never tried to really, if the bichir came out to eat the Trimac would kinda swim over slowly wondering what this guys doing. Then the bichir would simply take his food with him under his log. I thikn if you leave them in the wide open then yes the Dovii will have nothing better to do then chase this snake looking thing around all day LOL

balton777
09-24-2008, 3:15 PM
Pacus might work as well. If the tanks big enough. For cichlids Red devils, midas, o jags should hold their own.


I don't know about Jags. My Dovii seems to be the most accepting of tankmates of any I've seen but he really hates my Jags. I tried two different Jags with him and they're tough, but he owned them without any problem. On the other hand, I have two Senegals that swim in his face and he ignores them. He occasionally chases the Pike but it can get away because I have several safehavens built from large chunks of driftwood. He doesn't like any cichlids eating at the surface at the same time he does or all h*ll breaks loose. Thank goodness all the cichlids in with him eat at the bottom.

bennet
09-25-2008, 6:56 AM
hey all,well i went out today and bought a normal pleco about a foot long.(30cms)so far dovii has been rather pissed bout it with full rams,tail slaps and biting but he hasnt realy hurt pleco yet,so i will see how they go 2gether for a while.100 aussie dollars for my pleco.pretty good as i saw one 2day at another lfs half this ones size for 165dollars.oh well lucky me.thanks for all input guys.post pics soon as i can.

CubanB
09-25-2008, 7:01 AM
hey mate where bouts in aus are ya??

there aren't alot of fish that will be ok with him especially because he's been a solo fish for a while. dovii are very territorial and i've heard that their territory can even exceed their tank. IMO keep him solo :)

Mudfrog
09-25-2008, 7:08 AM
did your bichirs have anywhere to hide??? or was it a barebottom empty tank???

Mine had a nice ledge to lay under so the Trimac couldn't get him. The Trimac never tried to really, if the bichir came out to eat the Trimac would kinda swim over slowly wondering what this guys doing. Then the bichir would simply take his food with him under his log. I thikn if you leave them in the wide open then yes the Dovii will have nothing better to do then chase this snake looking thing around all day LOL

Rocks, Driftwood, Plants, etc..

I mean any fish can hide from a Dovii, but thats not exactly saying they will work with a Dovii because they hide from him 90% of the time. When I consider a tankmate I make sure that both fish will coexist like the other was not there, not if they will survive in the tank.

Cichla dude
09-25-2008, 8:46 AM
I hope that the pleco will wok. Hows the pleco and dovii doing now??

balton777
09-25-2008, 9:01 AM
hey mate where bouts in aus are ya??

there aren't alot of fish that will be ok with him especially because he's been a solo fish for a while. dovii are very territorial and i've heard that their territory can even exceed their tank. IMO keep him solo :)

Yes, you're probably right.
The thing about my Dovii is it was raised with tankmates his whole life and is used to them.

CubanB
09-25-2008, 9:06 AM
yeah BALTON777 i reckon thats the only way dovii can have tankmates. and i'm sure he'd still be king of the tank!!!

IMO they're better as solo fish or a maybe a pair

balton777
09-25-2008, 9:26 AM
IMO they're better as solo fish or a maybe a pair


I don't know about that....I'm really enjoying my community Dovii tank. :)

Oh and he is the undisputed king of the tank.

CubanB
09-25-2008, 10:23 AM
I don't know about that....I'm really enjoying my community Dovii tank. :)

Oh and he is the undisputed king of the tank.


hehehe thats why i said IMO:naughty:

LONG LIVE KING DOVII hahahahaha

Cichlaholics Anonymous
09-25-2008, 10:58 AM
I wouldn't add another species of Parachromis as a tankmate though