pike cichlid compatibility

chafed

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how do pike cichlids (particularly Crenicichal lepidota) act around less aggressive south american cichlids, like angels and curviceps? will they only attack things small enough to fit in their mouth?

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Most fish, Crenicichla or not, will attack and try to eat stuff that is small enough to fit in their mouth. Just a natural response I guess.

About the pike with the less aggressive fish, I don't see why not. I kept festivum, angels, Krobia sp. 'xingu orange spot', and several other nonaggressive fish with my pikes over the years. :) Just keep an eye on aggression. Everything should be alright though. :)
 

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I've heard a lot of comments about how aggressive some pikes can be, but mine have been really mellow. I guess I've either been pretty lucky, or people have a tendancy to over-exaggerate the aggression of crenicichla. Try the combo, and monitor their behavior closely for a bit. Sometimes you just have to give it a shot to find out for sure.
 

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I would think a full grown lepidota would be able to swallow adult curviceps ... but eating isn't aggression. :ROFL:
 

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I have kept them with geos, gymnogeos, danios, angels, silver dollars, and other non aggressive fish. I think that they are really only nasty to their own kind. that is just what I have seen though.
 

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Most fish, Crenicichla or not, will attack and try to eat stuff that is small enough to fit in their mouth. Just a natural response I guess.

About the pike with the less aggressive fish, I don't see why not. I kept festivum, angels, Krobia sp. 'xingu orange spot', and several other nonaggressive fish with my pikes over the years. :) Just keep an eye on aggression. Everything should be alright though. :)
i have rte, rio blanco... i believe it called red tiger he is 6 inches still a baby. i have red devil cichlid female in there as well. same size..
my question is i am planning to add couple more fishes any advice before i added,
6 inches albino red belly pacu alone side with 6 inches pike... shall i do it or not?.. i am afraid of my rio blanco red tiger he is very aggressive fish.
 

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i have rte, rio blanco... i believe it called red tiger he is 6 inches still a baby. i have red devil cichlid female in there as well. same size..
my question is i am planning to add couple more fishes any advice before i added,
6 inches albino red belly pacu alone side with 6 inches pike... shall i do it or not?.. i am afraid of my rio blanco red tiger he is very aggressive fish.
thread is 10 years old man, Make a new thread in general aquariua discussion or in CA/SA cichlids, and people will help you out
 
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