Dwarf Cichlids

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by SteveS, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    What are examples of dwarf cichlids? I keep a couple very small cichlids like crenicichla compressiceps which are 3 inches or less adult size for males but they dont fit the criteria of dwarf because they are predators. I also have some laetacara thayeri from peru that are very small cichlids at 2.5 inches and am not sure if they would be considered a dwarf. I know apistogramma fall into the dwarf catagory. Its not always based on size as the main factor of being a dwarf as some apistogramma can grow past the size recommendations. I know some shelldwellers can be considered dwarfs. Working on getting a few fish to breed that fall under dwarfs
  2. Sean S

    Sean S Executive Board

    This is my opinion, feel free to disagree. If the maximum adult size of both males and females is under 3" SL and it is classified as a cichlid I would call it a dwarf cichlid, period. Diet, behavior, geographic distribution are irrelevant in my opinion. Personally, I don't see why the C. compressiceps wouldn't fall in that category if neither sex exceeds 3 inches. If you want to argue TL vs SL for the 3 inches I wouldn't quibble.

    If the intent of "dwarf Cichlid" classification is theoretically more a temperment argument then dwarf is probably not the correct descriptor.
  3. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    I was wondering if julidochromis transcriptus might fit this. Small little guys.
  4. mlaursen

    mlaursen Well-Known Member

    those are a bit on the large side in m opinion. I don't think there is necessarily a well defined grouping. Generally I think of the following groups

    Crenicichla (dwarf species)
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  5. Scott Wiersema

    Scott Wiersema Executive Board

    I would agree that dwarf cichlids is about size nothing else. I would agree that Julidochromis are in the group. Mikrogeophagus both species. Many of the small Tanyiganikans would also fit.
    I have a book labeled dwarf cichlids. It is only about normal breeding size. There are many Lamps and Neolamps in the group.
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  6. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    Ill pick one of these mentioned. Ive bred small cichlids just trying to get that Dwarf catagory done . I already bapped a bunch of easy ones so I need to look at my options for more species i can do just to get it done. Maybe just end up getting a group of apistogramma or nanocara.
  7. Megan

    Megan Advisory Board Staff Member

    I have a group of Apistos I'm looking to sell. Don't know how easy they are. I'll ask Chris Berns. I got the hem from him.
  8. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    The eunotus?
  9. Megan

    Megan Advisory Board Staff Member

    Pm'd you.

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