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post #11 of 22 Old 12-06-2008, 08:16 PM
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the one inch per gallon rule doesnt really apply with cichlids........they aggressiveness in more important than their sizes......and I wouldnt really listen to the people that work in Petco, etc........go to a real LFS and ask some questions..........you could also check out some cichlid forums.....
try www.cichlid-forum.com to start..........

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post #12 of 22 Old 12-08-2008, 01:51 AM
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Unfortunately, that situation is very likely to end in disaster. The zebras (that's what the first two look like) get to about 5" or so but are very mean fish. The Acei's get bigger - 7" - and are also quite mean. You will need a much bigger tank in the future with *plenty* of hiding spots (i.e. huge heaps of rocks for your fish to hide in) and you might need to adjust your sex ratios to prevent fish from being beaten up and killed. These fish also need a spirulina based flake or pellet as their staple diet, as they eat mainly algae in the wild.

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post #13 of 22 Old 12-08-2008, 02:35 PM
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My acei I got last and he was the smallest in the tank, compared to my other 5 africans, in about 2 months he was the second largest and he's getting bigger. You know a 10 gallon will start to stunt the acei's, they grow too quickly. And a 25 is still too small. Come on you all know better than putting those in a too small tank. You should skip the 25 altogether and go for a 50 that should be the smallest sized tank you should be looking at. I am not trying to be rude, but my 75 gallon looks small for them all. I couldn't imagine stuffing them into a 25, let alone for now a 10.
And when would you ever listen to people at Petsmart or Petco, they are all the same just like Wal-mart. Don't know a darn thing.... they are just selling.
I bought my 75 gallon for a little over 100. And if you get a job at the your LFS you should be able to afford a 50g.

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They only get 4 1/2 inches... need 1 inch per gallon. with 4.
thats 18 inches. Thats an extra un-filled 7 Gallons i could use.
The blue ones are Pseudotropheus Acei. I'm on an all Cichlid site and somebody identified it for me. 25 G's should be more than enough.
I could squeeze in maybe a 30 G. But im gonna be 16 in a few days and hopefully getting a job at my LFS. (its privately owned.) Hopefully that will make me some more money so i could eventually get a 45-50 G or so in the way future. They're only in a 10 G right now. I will be putting them in a 25-30 in 1-2 months. The people at petsmart and Petco said it was fine.

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1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

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Agreed!

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Unfortunately, that situation is very likely to end in disaster. The zebras (that's what the first two look like) get to about 5" or so but are very mean fish. The Acei's get bigger - 7" - and are also quite mean. You will need a much bigger tank in the future with *plenty* of hiding spots (i.e. huge heaps of rocks for your fish to hide in) and you might need to adjust your sex ratios to prevent fish from being beaten up and killed. These fish also need a spirulina based flake or pellet as their staple diet, as they eat mainly algae in the wild.

75 gallon
1 pleco
1 OB Peac0ck
1 Yellow Lab
1 Blue Peac0ck
1 Greshakei
1 Red Peac0ck
1 Acei
1 Chailosi
1 Flameback
1 Rock Kribensis
1 CAE

20 gallon
2 female bettas
6 emerald green cories

2 dogs Diesel and Hummer!
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-09-2008, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well, Until i actually have problems with these guys im gonna go with a 25 G setup, they are really happy and i do have the algae based food. They are gonna end up in the 25 G for right now. and if i get lucky any time soon i will end up with a 55 G in a few months. theres no way around the 25 G crisis right now. I'm 16 and just dont have the money. I will have the 25 in like 4 days. And im gonna check around on craigs list for some extra tanks in my area. And also, My parents are worried my 55 G would go through my bedroom floor but they are just overexaggerating right? And no dissrespect here. This is my fault for jumping into this too early, and i might loose 1-2 fish because of it... but we live we learn. isnt that what lifes about?

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post #16 of 22 Old 12-09-2008, 11:30 PM
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And also, My parents are worried my 55 G would go through my bedroom floor but they are just overexaggerating right?
a full 55g would weight about 600lbs........can three to four people stand in one spot together on the second floor?

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post #17 of 22 Old 12-10-2008, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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exactly what i said!! and yes... lol. but im thinking i put up enough of a fuss that my parents asked people to do a joint gift with them so i can get a 55 G. Not positive though. That would be nice though.

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post #18 of 22 Old 12-10-2008, 05:05 PM
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post #19 of 22 Old 12-16-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well i was right about the tank... It's a 30 G though... It looks amazing in my opinion... I returned the Acei and got two more Lemon Cichlids. So I should be alright now!! And thanks Trash...
(why is ur screen name trashman? U give good advice, lol)

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post #20 of 22 Old 12-16-2008, 07:48 PM
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Well i was right about the tank... It's a 30 G though... It looks amazing in my opinion... I returned the Acei and got two more Lemon Cichlids. So I should be alright now!! And thanks Trash...
(why is ur screen name trashman? U give good advice, lol)
Im a Sanitation worker for NYC.....

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