Which is the most lively and intelligent cichlid?
I want to expand my current 10-gallon molly tank into a 55-gallon freshwater tank. I'm going to keep the 4 mollies surrounded by the 10-gallon. I'm going to get 6 corydoras catfish, some giant danion, and some cichlid. I want a really intelligent, yet only slightly aggressive cichlid near lots of personality. Which of these has the most of what I just said?
2.) Blood parrot
Any other really smart cichlids out there?
I wouldn't recommend Severums, they can grow to 30cm/12" and would need a 55 gallon tank to themselves.
I'd go with Severums. I think Blood Parrots are shocking and hideous, and yes as someone else said, they aren't even a true fish, it's a man made hybrid. Angels can be down right nasty among each other, and I really don't find them to be anything special, but that's just me. I don't approaching the odd an unusual shapes of a Angel or Blood Parrot, so my choice would be Severums.
I could probably think of a few other species I outlook as intelligent but they wouldn't go well with a 55 gallon container that's clearly set to South American standards.