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post #1 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hey! This is our first fish tank!, and our first post.

We have 6 African Cichlids....
2 Gold algae eaters, 2 skunk loaches and 1 snail


Lemme know what you think!...


Thanks, Josh n Amelia.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 02:37 PM
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Hello & welcome to our forum!

Love the tank (size & shape) also really love your stock there!!!
Maybe a few more hardier plants like Swords or Hygrophilia to add lil more green?

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post #3 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 02:52 PM
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Nice looking tank! I like the woman's reflection from the TV on the tank lol.

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post #4 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 02:52 PM
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You might wanna get more loaches though.

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post #5 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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well! I forgot a few fish!..lol
We have.. 2 Gold algae eaters. 2 Skunk Loaches. 2 Auratus cichlids. 1 Bumblebee cichlid. 1 Blue Kenyi cichlid. 1 yellow lab cichlid. 1 peacock cichlid. 1 red finned shark, and finally a snail.

Thanks for the comments!.. yah, I caught a picture of some lady on the Steve Wilkos show... haha..
We are new to having an aquarium, any info you could give would be great, such as... the skunk loaches.. what would be the reason to have more?... besides the amount of character they have.. lol
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 04:53 PM
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The skunks like to live in small groups of their own, so it would be ideal to house 4-6 of them, but baer in mind adult size will be 4" when stocking. I'd also suggest to keep a good eye on the red fin shark over time, as they grow older they can become quite territorial; so just watch the behavior between these two. For you bottom I'd then not add any more fish that pref the bottom region in this tank.

What behavior have you observed with the mix-cichlid group? They usually like more of their own too.

Now the only thing that worried me is the algae eaters. Not only do they grow to be 1ft long as adult, but they're also very territorial/ aggressive towards others. Unless you really really really lovvveee these fish to death and HAVE to HAVE them at all cost, I'd pers take these back to the store.
Its really a myth you need algae eaters in EVERY tank. A well maintained and balanced tank won't have issues with algae to start with, adding a aggressive fish to the tank stresses out the others so that's no benefit there neither and last but not least they add to your bio load for no apparent reason.

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post #7 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 07:10 PM
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Cichlids themselves are aggressive.... towards other fish... I personally have
not had any problems
before I pointed out the algae eater I would have actually made the comment
about aggressiveness would have been the Auratus cichlids
those guys are more aggressive than an Algae eater.. ( lol )


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post #8 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 07:14 PM
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I guess I should tell everyone...... if you have not picked up on it..

Thas my boy and his wifes... Fish tank.

any fish that he has that gets to big for their tank..

he can house them in any of my Big tanks.. ( lol )
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-11-2010, 07:18 PM
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I think the CAE's and loaches should probably be ok given their nasty attitudes. If I had to pick a bottom-dweller to go in an African tank of this size, skunk loaches would be high on the list. Getting a few more would be a good idea though as they do like to be in larger groups.

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I think the CAE's and loaches should probably be ok given their nasty attitudes. If I had to pick a bottom-dweller to go in an African tank of this size, skunk loaches would be high on the list. Getting a few more would be a good idea though as they do like to be in larger groups.
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