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post #1 of 6 Old 08-11-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
Combining two tanks into a 55gallon

Okay, I have a 30 gallon tank with one medium sized Jack Dempsey and a 5in pleco. I have a 20 gallon tank with an 1.5 inch EB Jack Dempsey and a small pleco.

I have an empty 55 gallon and I want to combine the two tanks. I'm gonna make it a planted tank with lots of driftwood and stones. I am also going to add a pair of small Fire-mouth cichlids.

I was going to start with a divider for the first week because the EB Jack Dempsey is expensive and I don't want him to get picked on.

What do you all think? My lfs said it would probably work because the size of the tank and how they're practically the same species. Thanks for reading
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-11-2010, 08:53 PM
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I have never kept firemouths or jack dempsey, but I have read a lot about them and I am pretty sure that in a 55 gallon things MAY get a little hostile and they may fight especially if either of the two species start breeding. Things may go smoothly and you may end up with a beautiful balanced peaceful tank. You can go ahead and try, just be cautious and keep a very close eye when adding new fish. Also, a good idea will be to add both jd's at the same time, and when adding the firemouths rearrange the aquascaping so that all fish have to find new territories and so the tank becomes neutral ground for them all.

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10 gallon-
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I think 1 JD and the Firemouths would be ok in a 55 but not sure I would do 2 JD's. Especially if one is an EBJD. EB's tend to be not as aggressive and might be bullied by the other fish. You could try it and see how the bigger JD reacts to the EBJD but as they get older there may be problems. So you may need a backup plan as far as possibly having to move or rehome one of the JD's.

What kind of plants were you thinking of? Both of those cichlids like to dig around in the substrate so rooted plants may be in trouble. But you could do Anubias and Java Ferns attached to driftwood.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-12-2010, 10:34 AM
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I completely agree with jeaninel :)

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29 gallon-
- 2.3.0 Kribensis
- 1.0.0 CAE
- 1.2.0 Swordtails
- 1.1.0 Dwarf Gourami
- 2.6.0 Black Phantom Tetra

10 gallon-
- 1.0.0 Beta
- 1.1.4 Peppered Cories
- 6.12.10 Guppies
- 1.3.0 Amano Shrimp
- 2.0.0 Zebra Snails
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-12-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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I think 1 JD and the Firemouths would be ok in a 55 but not sure I would do 2 JD's. Especially if one is an EBJD. EB's tend to be not as aggressive and might be bullied by the other fish. You could try it and see how the bigger JD reacts to the EBJD but as they get older there may be problems. So you may need a backup plan as far as possibly having to move or rehome one of the JD's.

What kind of plants were you thinking of? Both of those cichlids like to dig around in the substrate so rooted plants may be in trouble. But you could do Anubias and Java Ferns attached to driftwood.
I understand the long term problems and I do have a back up plan.

What I am mostly worried about is the jack dempsey picking on the EBJD right now
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I understand the long term problems and I do have a back up plan.

What I am mostly worried about is the jack dempsey picking on the EBJD right now
Could happen "right now" ,even firemouth's may prove too boistrous for the electric Blue Dempsey if the one I keep is any indication.

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