ISO the “perfect” pike cichlid

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So I’m finally getting back in and one of the fish I want to stock is a nice pike cichlid, but I have a few requirements. It needs to fit in a 125 for life, and not get big enough to eat fully grown Denison barb (about 4 inches). Also, obviously I have to like how it looks. Am I asking for a unicorn or do y’all have my solution?
 

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How about a sveni?
 
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kno4te kno4te and Gourami Swami Gourami Swami funny that y’all should mention those 2... I’m not opposed to dwarf at all, but I’m wanting a little more color/pattern than I’ve seen previously.

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kno4te kno4te and Gourami Swami Gourami Swami funny that y’all should mention those 2... I’m not opposed to dwarf at all, but I’m wanting a little more color/pattern than I’ve seen previously.

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The rest of the crenicichla will grow between 10-16 inches, and will most likely eat dennisoni barbs as adults
 
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Matteus Matteus interesting. Do you know the scientific name?
 

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A female Proteus would give a good splash of color from the dorsal fin and should stay small enough to ignore the Denison barbs if they are full grown already. Maybe.
 

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Maybes are always fun =P I really do love Denison barbs, but what if I was to cut them out? Some of the other fish I was looking at to consider would be a paratilopia polleni, a flag tail, a puffer (big maybe, needs a lot more research), and still open to other ideas... just remembered knife fish but that’s gonna take some careful consideration too.
 
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