- Aug 31, 2020
Ok. I'll probably end up getting a pair that is proven, just so I KNOW they are male and female.Firemouths and acaras are compatible aggression wise, if you kept the water neutral it would be good.
From what I know the dwarf cichlids can be kept in groups, but will pair off. At that point you would likely have an odd one out, I don’t think they will kill each other off though.
I believe Gourami Swami asked the pertinent question.Rams in general I would say are a bit hardier , actually easier to care for, than most apistogramma. All the SA dwarfs will do best in water that is on the softer side, and lower pH. What is your tap water like? That may determine which fish are best for you.
Given what you are looking for (community, low bio-load incase you need to put off maintenance) I would definitely stick with dwarf cichlids and some small community fish. Trying to keep large cichlids in a small tank, and also keep bio-load low, is not going to be possible.
If you go to your cities water quality report web site, they normally have a breakdown of all tap water parameters.I have water out of the tap something like 7.6 or 7.8 pH. Not sure what the gh/kh is... I'll check here in a minute when I get home...