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Old 11-11-2009, 12:08 PM   #11
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Unless, of course, they are dwarf cichlids...
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #12
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Yes dwarfs would be ok.. But as fox said he could rehome some if needed which leads me to think they are going to out grow his/her tank.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:36 PM   #13
I have Africans.... a lot like this picture.
I have 2 of the orange ones just like the picture... another blue/black striped like the one on the left, one electric yellow & another that is a violet/purple color w/yellow fins that I can't ID. They are all approx 2".

In hindsight, cichlids don't sound like the ideal choice for my setup based on what you guys are saying.. but should I get rid of all of them now? I know I can find a home for one or two, but didn't anticipate the idea of getting rid of 5. In that case do you just take them back to a local breeder & say here you go?

Like most new aquarium owners I made the mistake of listening to the Petco fish guy.. who in this case said I could easily have 6-7. I thought that was a bit much so I scaled back a bit. Sounds like I might be able to keep 1??

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Old 11-11-2009, 12:43 PM   #14
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Ok lets start here africans can live to be 7 to 8 years or even more. Depending how they are tanken care of. Yes i would go to the breeder and say sory i cant keep these guys my tank is not big enough. If he/she say no we cant take them back. Take them to you lfs. They may not buy them but would take them off yourr hands. Now you could alway upgrade like said earlyer. To a 55 and keep all of them. But be sure to have the proper places for them to hide in cause as they get bigger there will be agresion isus.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:50 PM   #15
so what would be the ideal type & number of fish for a 29gal? I'd like something w/some color and would actually like to have more than 4-5 fish.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:54 PM   #16
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You could have a number of fish neon tetras. mollies, plateys, corys, ect. I will let some one with better knowleg of that size of tank and small of fish.
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:47 PM   #17
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I'd solve the problem with the existing one's first. Then worry about new one's.
To best advise you what works for your size tank and will thrive in your water: What water parameters do you have (pH & KH)?

@mollies 7-8 yrs lifespan, I find that fairly short really!?
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:49 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
Diatoms (brown algae) are common in new tanks
No kidding!? Sorry my bet then....I just really didn't think so, I never had them in any of the tanks, sorry guys!
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:53 PM   #19
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Yes 7 to 8. like said above. if you keep your tank in great shape then longer.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #20
I also had the brown diatoms in my tank, they have faded off now! all you can do is clean the tank and everything in the tank to help out.
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