View Full Version : Dithers for large cichlids

03-10-2008, 07:30 AM
Are there any dithers that work with the larger american cichlids? I have a jag, a JD, and a festae in the same tank, and am wondering if there are any dithers that won't get eaten if i put them in the tank. Tinfoil barbs and silver dollars are the only ones that I can think of that might work... has anyone had any luck with these before?

03-15-2008, 07:12 PM
I've never had a tank like that, but I think you're on the right track. Also, giant danios get pretty big and are really fast, not to mention cheap to replace. If you have a bit of money to spend, try out some pink tail chalceus or yellow finned chalceus.

03-16-2008, 06:49 AM
Actually, I don't think giant danios will stand a chance with a jag. Whichever ones don't become midnight snacks will probably end up leaping out of the tank in terror! :)

03-16-2008, 07:53 AM
thanks guys... yeah i'm not too sure about giant danios either. I really like the pink tail chalceus but have not seen them before anywhere... any ideas where I could get them?

03-16-2008, 11:05 AM
This is the only place I could find online.
I know Sun Pet has had them available - and with you being in GA, I'd be surprised if they don't supply most of your LFS'. I'd ask an LFS to special order some for you. The greater quantity you order, the cheaper they are. If they come in small, you might want to find a place to grow them out (large space, big frequent water changes, plenty of food).

03-16-2008, 11:09 AM
See the link above for fish description.

03-16-2008, 11:26 AM
While the description provided by That Pet Place is good, in general, I disagree with their tank size suggestion. I would hesitate to put a 10" fish that is a strong swimmer in a tank less than 6' long.

03-19-2008, 04:06 PM
thanks for the info guys and gals... I really appreciate it. The more I read about the pink tails the more I like and they seem to be the perfect kind of fish for my setup. I'll be sure to post pictures if and when I get pink tails or anything else.

03-29-2008, 12:47 AM
Picked up three pink tail chalceus today. Thanks for your help everyone... i'm really pleased with these fish so far. Here are a few pics... also thought i'd throw in my new LED moonlight pics too. Hope you enjoy.





03-29-2008, 04:42 AM
wow, those LEDs look pretty sweet, I might try that! I use tinfoils as dithers, not very original I know but they seem to work for me. Those pink tails look good though.

03-29-2008, 07:59 AM
Thanks Malex. Tinfoil barbs are cool too though... I thought about getting those until I read about the pink tails. Typically LEDs are pretty expensive but I got a 4-light set on ebay from seller "gsolom" for $24 including shipping. (i don't know how much shipping to UK would be though) He makes his own LEDs and they look just as good as any of the name brand ones youmay see out there.

fish speaker
03-29-2008, 08:11 AM
Keep us updated about how these work out: I have never kept one, but the profiles I've seen tend to mention that they are intolerant of their own kind.

03-29-2008, 09:03 AM
will do fish speaker. I wasn't entirely sure about them because I have heard both that they are better in schools but I've also heard that they get aggressive with their own kind so I didn't know what to do. I figured I'd get a few and see what happens. I have a couple friends that already said they would take one a piece if I need to find a home for them. I'll keep everyone posted though.

Haha, I just looked in my tank and one of my clown loaches was trying to swim INTO the outflow of my filter. Silly clown loach.

03-29-2008, 11:38 AM
wow those are some good looking fish.:ok: i like your LED setup too.:)