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Nadias_Nana
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Location: Sacramento, CA, USA

PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)20:07    Post subject: Nanochromis Transvestitis Reply with quote

Hi, I am hoping someone can help me with some answers...
At my LFS I saw a pair of Nanochromis Transvestitus. They were in a tank with some Threadfin Rainbows, some loaches, and some other fish, that I always thought were fresh water fishes. I thought that all cichlids were brackish water fishes! This pair seemed to be getting along fine with the Rainbows, and I will be setting up a freshwater 80 gallon tank in a few months and I am wondering if I can include these cichlids or any other chichlids in my tank?
(When I set up this tank, I will be adding water from another established tank, and waiting for it to cycle before I add any fish.)
I would appreciate any help anyone can give me, the salespeople in the LFS didn't know anything about these fish except the price!
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)22:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a little bit of info. That's a fine looking fish that I have never seen before either. In general, most lfs I've vistied don't carry much in the way of soft water Africans (just mut kribs). If it were me, it'd jump all over that opportunity.
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Nadias_Nana
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)22:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that link, Jake, I always thought that all cichlids were brackish, but I guess angels and rams are freshwater, too. According to the info from that link, they like really soft water. I am really suprised, my LFS salesperson says they keep all their tanks at around 7.6, because that's what the city water is. I've been softening up my water because I have angels in one tank, and kuhlis and ember tetras in another.
Thanks again for the link!
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)23:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the brackish thing, it's really a matter of definition (at least for african cichlids). The salinity in the rift lakes where most african cichlids come from is much different than marine salinity, which is the true measure of brackish water, IMO. In general, I find that the term brackish is very subjective and often misused.

As you mentioned, rams and angels are soft water cichlids, as are nearly all south american cichlids. There are a few central americans that can handle some marine salinity.
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