12-29-2008, 06:41 AM
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The cichlid in question is actually aggressive which is why I suggested in another of his thread to consider ditching that one. Sell or give it away. The goldies are comets which can reach 18 inches in fact. I'd replace them with orandas, lionhead or ryukins. Pearlscales are best avoided as these are more prone to swim bladder issues. As for the 55g, I'd highly suggest making it a snail tank with white cloud mountain minnows, guppies, small plecos and even rasboras for tankmates. There are some snails that are illegal for shipping though and are best obtained within the state. A few of these would be Marisa cornuarietis, Asolene spixi, Pomacea canaliculata, Pomacea insularum and Pomacea haustrum. They're all voracious plant eaters especially the juveniles which are more destructive towards plants than adults so unless you plan to keep a planted tank, I wouldn't pick them. Sulawesis (Tylomelania sp.) are legal however these may eat particular plants so they may not appeal you much if you want a planted tank. Look at them closely though and they're very colorful snails. Pomacea diffusa, Clithon corona, Vitta usnea and Neritina natalensis will work fine with the last three being very effective algae eaters. The last three are labeled as nerites. Diffusas require permit to be shipped from state to state so make sure the seller you may get them from has permits otherwise the USDA/Aphis will track down the buyers and sellers for possible illegal activity and confiscate your stocks. If you like predatory snails, try the assassins (Anentome helena). They are fine in planted tanks requiring meaty foods. If you can keep a constant supply of pond snails for them to eat, it's a good idea as they like to hunt down the pond snails. They are not advisable to be mixed with any other snails which they may kill. Even bigger ones are not safe as they are likely to be ganged up and eaten alive. Make sure the fish you mix them with will not nip their snouts or harass them.