Acquired: Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store
Indiana, United States
Posted Feb 14, 2013
I owned fish for a while as a kid and while I was in college. The species I favored were mostly cichlids and man, were they tricky. Maybe that's why I kept at them for so long, for the challenge...but I digress.
It's been my experience that cichlids are a hit or miss family of fish. Zebra cichlids, of which I have had several, are a beautiful but temperamental fish. I found that when I had even numbers of this species, they tended to be more aggressive with one another. I'm not sure if there is merit to that, but after several months of losing a fish here and there (to attacks), I began changing up my tank dynamics--namely keeping odd numbers of fish and changing one of the species in my tank from another cichlid species to a couple albino cory catfish (i'll review those in another post).
Long story short, many cichlid species are aggressive, and Zebra cichlids are no different. If you want the not-so-stripey beauty of these fish, I'd say go for it! They are inexpensive to care for (and not too much themselves) and just need careful pairing with other species. Too many cichlids in any one tank usually spells disaster for at least a few individuals.