Originally Posted by Elvis
I just recently changed up my 75 Gallon to house some new fish. The tank has been cycled and is running with no problems.
However I started the tank with 7 Clown loaches, and a clown pleco. I've also added a rainbow shark. When these were the only fish in the tank it seemed very calm and a relaxed atmosphere.
Since then I have added 4 cichlids; 2 bumblee and 2 unknown ones. The unknown ones are pretty big compared to all my other fish and I'm not liking the cichlids in the tank at all. They give the whole tank a very territorial feel.
I was thinking of return the cichlids and instead getting a red tailed shark. The tank is 75 gallons and the rainbow shark already in it is not very big yet. Its been there for about 3 weeks now.
Is this a good idea? What else could I get if I did get the shark because all I have is pretty much bottom feeders in the tank. I would like some larger fish that swim on the top but cichlids were not a good choice in my opinion.
Yes,it is alway's about territory with cichlids however,,, a group of Keyhole cichlids, or Multispinosa could possibly work assuming you return the present cichlids or find other quarter's.
Would not place a redtail shark with rainbow shark for same reason as cichlids (territory) the rainbow's are not as territorial as the redtails by most account's and the two may get laong fine when small ,but this may change quickly as they mature and is best for this reason that I would suggest one shark.
I might also consider some larger tetra's such as Columbian Tetra's, or larger barbs such as Rosy Barbs or maybe black ruby barbs,
Ask your local fish store if perhaps they could order these fishes if any I have mentioned appeal to you.
The Keyholes and Multispinosa are mild mannered fish for cichlids, and I have kept them with numerous species of smaller fishes without incident.
Bolivian ram may be another that you might consider, they too would pose no threat to any of your present fishes or those I have mentioned. Hope some of this helps.