NTT Datnoid with African Cichlids? Aquarium Upgrade Help! Pics attached.


Feeder Fish
MFK Member
Jan 17, 2020
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I am currently looking into upgrading my aquarium set up to a much larger system and was wondering if this could/would work.

Right now,
Aquarium #1 100 Gallon
African Cichlids/ Central American
2x yellow lab 4in (known to get aggressive when larger)
1x zebra mbuna 3in (most aggressive in tank, visible set of tiny teeth)
2x yellow tail acei 3in
2x venustus 3in
2x peacock cichlid 3.5in
1x starry night cichlid 5in (most picked on but can stand its ground)
1x jaguar cichlid 9in (very docile toward entire aquarium, but an aggressive eater)

Aquarium #2 100 Gallon
Male Motoro Stingray 9in disk (very active) / not feeding it live foods only frozen.
NTT Datnoid 7in (only comes out at night and when stingray sleeps, timid/ hiding most of the day in a corner)
Red Oscar 7in (steals all the food)

I haven not decided yet between a 240 gallon - 300 gallon aquarium yet, but would like to merge these two aquariums into one larger setup.

I plan on giving the red oscar a seperate home it will not be included in the move. I have seen stingrays compatible with cichlids before (not stating that the specific one I have will work). I plan on possibly adding another stingray in the future, or other NTT datnoids if it is possible. I am also aware of the African cichlid and central american cichlid mix and have found compatible fish in Aquarium #1.

Q. Will the NTT Datnoid 7in be fine with African / Central American cichlids? (as it is larger than most of the fish in Aquarium #1)
- Has it been done before with any success?
- Can it be done at all?
- If I add an addition of another NTT datnoid or two will its chances be greater? (again larger than the mbunas, not so worried if the NTT Datnoid is the aggressor.)
- Are other datnoid types more suitable for this?
- Aquarium upgrade size thoughts? based on footprint.

Thanks in advance,

Any advice really helps.


Stephen St.Clair

MFK Member
Jul 2, 2017
Welcome to MFK. I think you are asking too many hypothetical stocking questions. As a general accepted rule, not good to combine fish from diametrically different ecosystems, continents, ect.
That being said, "Stranger things have happened". Keepers have successfully kept all kinds of unlikely fish combinations.
Judging from your pics, looks like the fish are healthy. Evidently you know how to manage a fish tank. My advice would be; if you are set on combining your tanks, buy the largest tank you can afford. Study how the stock interact. Be prepared to remove any fish that doesn't fit into the community. A reserve tank is a must.
Not too many keepers will be able to provide concrete advice regarding stock compatability with such a mixed bag of fish species. Please update as things progress.


Redtail Catfish
MFK Member
Feb 28, 2017
Can't answer for NTT but I have 3 x ITs in my African cichlid tank. They are 6", 9" and 10". No issues

They are in for about half a year already iirc


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Apr 27, 2018
I would advise against mixing cichlids from different continents and different fish from vastly different water types. Could it work? Maybe. But why give your fish poor living space when you know it would be wrong for them