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lucasdacunha
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PostPosted: 2012.04.30(Mon)16:30    Post subject: Keyholes Reply with quote

Hello everybody,

I have a 135 liters community tank (0,78 x 0,37 x 0,47m) and I would like to add some keyholes cichlids.
Tank:
Water quality: pH 7.0 and temperature 27oC;
Filtration: Eheim Ecco 2234;
Fishes: 3 Platies and 1 Sewellia lineolata;
Decoration: Some natural plants (but it is not a dense planted tank), drift wood and rocks.

My questions are:
Can I have keyhole cichlids in a tank like this? If yes, how many?
I would appreciate to have a couple of keyholes, but it is hard to find a couple for selling, so my idea is to buy 4 young keyholes and keep them "forever" in this tank. Will these 4 keyholes live well, longer and without serious fightings in my aquarium?
I can also buy only 2 fishes and with luck I will have a couple. But if by chance I buy 2 males or 2 females, is it a problem in terms of fighting?
Well, that's it!

Thanks in advance!

Lucas
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.05.01(Tue)2:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

The big problem is the temperature. Your tank at 27C is too warm for the hillstream loach which would be much better under 24C which is the minimum temperature for Keyholes. Platies are OK.

Two males will fight. Two females would be OK. A Pair may get territorial when breeding.
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lucasdacunha
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PostPosted: 2012.05.01(Tue)2:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your answer Diademhill!

I can reduce the temperature to 25oC. It is not a problem.

Does everybody think the same??? I mean, that I don't have enough room for keyholes in my tank?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.05.01(Tue)3:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

25C is still high for the loach.
Your tank is big enough but what will you do with fry?
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lucasdacunha
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PostPosted: 2012.05.01(Tue)3:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diademhill,

If 25oC is still high.. maybe I should transfer the loach for a small tank I have (50 liters, only plants and guppies). I think this tank would be OK if I reduce the temperature to 23 or 24oC.
Actually Diademhill, I would like to keep more than one keyhole. It doesn't need to be a couple. But in a tank with this size I thought a coulpe would be the best solution. Here in my city they sell very young keyholes, so I have no chances trying to choose one male and one female or two females.
What do you think is the best option for me to avoid future fights, to buy randomly 2, 3 or 4 keyholes? With 3 there is the risk of a possible couple kill the other one. With 2 fishes I can buy 2 males and they will fight a lot. Maybe with 4 I they can disperse their agressivity between themselves and live well. What do you think is the best option for my tank? 2, 3 or 4?

Thanks again!!
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lucasdacunha
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PostPosted: 2012.05.04(Fri)7:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

Please, could anybody help me? How many should I buy?

Thanks!

Lucas
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.05.04(Fri)10:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would buy two. It is often recommended to purchase a group to be sure of a breeding pair but you have a good chance with two of getting two compatible fish.
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lucasdacunha
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PostPosted: 2012.05.04(Fri)10:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again Diademhill!

I'll buy 2 keyholes. Yeah, I just want compatible fishes and not a breeding couple.

Lucas
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