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post #11 of 21 Old 11-11-2007, 10:42 PM
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If I get rid of the Bala Shark and Crawdads. The other fish should all get along just fine? Correct? Also what are some other fish that will get along with mine? Could I do snails? Or will that be a bad idea?

Also what about the seashells that she has in the tank, and the decorativer rocks
The rest will be fine. I take it the algae eaters are those common plecos, right? Because if they are, they do not thrive on algae alone and your tank cannot accommodate two fish that grow to 16 inches and more. If money is not an issue at all, I'd try the smaller species such as clown plecs and Sturisomas.:)

Mystery snails will be fine in your tank. If you wish to keep snails, avoid loaches which often love to relish escargots.

You can add more red-eye and black skirts but this will prevent you from keeping long-finned species such as more gouramis, angelfish, etc. The gold gourami may be able to hold its own considering it can bully smaller tankmates if given the opportunity in a smaller tank.

I would add some glass bloodfins or hatchetfish for the surface. Do make sure you have a tight lid as both will jump out of the tank. The same applies to other surface dwellers.

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post #12 of 21 Old 11-12-2007, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I'm still looking for additions into my tank. I just spoke with someone who has African Chiclid and they have offered me some. Is this wise? From my research they don't get along with tetras? I dont want to harm any of my fish that I already have.

So far I have been told I could get the following and be fine. Let me know if I'm wrong. Before I go buy anything

Clown Plec, Mystery Snails, Angelfish, Glass Bloodfins, and Hatchetfish


I want something that will grow big, not hugemongos or nothing, and something with color. I want you to see the fish before you get to my tank.

55 Gallon

2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
1 Gourami Honey Flame (I believe) 3 to 4 inch
1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
2 Silver Dollars 1 is 1 inch other is 2 inches
1 Blue Mystery Snail
1 Gold Mystery Snail
2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
3 White Clouds tiny things
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Hi I'm still looking for additions into my tank. I just spoke with someone who has African Chiclid and they have offered me some. Is this wise? From my research they don't get along with tetras? I dont want to harm any of my fish that I already have.
What African cichlids are these? If those are kribensis, the only time you'd worry about them is when they spawn. As for Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyikan cichlids with the former being the likeliest to be offered to you, no can do. These are aggressive fish and will not do well in a community tank.
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So far I have been told I could get the following and be fine. Let me know if I'm wrong. Before I go buy anything

Clown Plec, Mystery Snails, Angelfish, Glass Bloodfins, and Hatchetfish
Yup. It's fine. Some diamond tetras will make fine additions as well for the mid level sharing with the angelfish.

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post #14 of 21 Old 11-12-2007, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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The man didn't state what kind they were. Where I'm from we have a website where everything is posted for free, and one for sale. I posted on both looking for fish related stuff, and he emailed me, and said he had some fish I could have and to call him. I did and he told me they were African Chiclids. How will I know the difference tomorrow when I go look at them.

Has anyone ever seen a shell do what I have in my tank do? I hate to remove it as I don't believe the critter has came out just yet. As stuff is still moving inside. All of my fish are standing behind it looking at it. I believe it may be a clam, from the pictures I found on the internet. And from what I can see my fish will eat it.

55 Gallon

2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
1 Gourami Honey Flame (I believe) 3 to 4 inch
1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
2 Silver Dollars 1 is 1 inch other is 2 inches
1 Blue Mystery Snail
1 Gold Mystery Snail
2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
3 White Clouds tiny things
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post #15 of 21 Old 11-12-2007, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone properly identify my algae eater for me. Thanks



55 Gallon

2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
1 Gourami Honey Flame (I believe) 3 to 4 inch
1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
2 Silver Dollars 1 is 1 inch other is 2 inches
1 Blue Mystery Snail
1 Gold Mystery Snail
2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
3 White Clouds tiny things
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post #16 of 21 Old 11-13-2007, 10:32 AM
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It is a common pleco, get up to 2 feet long and are really a pain in the neck in smaller tanks. They like to rearrange everyting if they are given a chance.

As for the shell, if it is a clam then it should be fine if your tank can support it. Harder water will be needed and a higher pH to help it stay alive and keep the shell in good condition. Cichlids might take a shot at eating it as well as the pleco but I am not sure.
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post #17 of 21 Old 11-13-2007, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hi thanks for the identifieing my algae eater.

As far as the shell. Which looks to be a clam, about midnight last night it seperated from the shell. Is this common? Right now the white stuff is floating at the top of my tank, and the shell is at the bottom. And my house has a fishy smell to it. Should I remove both?

I'm going to pass on the African Chiclids, as I read that they dont' get along with algae eaters also. And the man who was going to give them to me, told me I could leave the other fish in the tank, and his would just eat mine. Fish is got to eat also. I told him that was cruel.

55 Gallon

2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
1 Gourami Honey Flame (I believe) 3 to 4 inch
1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
2 Silver Dollars 1 is 1 inch other is 2 inches
1 Blue Mystery Snail
1 Gold Mystery Snail
2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
3 White Clouds tiny things
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Remove it right now before it fouls your tank. It is dead.

The shells can be left in there to keep the pH up if you want to but I would clean the shell really well to make sure there is no organic matter left on it to foul the water.
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post #19 of 21 Old 11-13-2007, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I have removed it, and the shell as my ph is pretty high. It's 7.6 That's to high for what I have in my tank, I think. Is there anything I need to do since I dead critter in my tank other than remove it.

55 Gallon

2 Black Skirt Tetras 2 inches
5 Red Eyed Tetras 2 inches
1 Bala Shark 3 inches
2 Common Plecos (1) 3 inches (1) 4 Inches
1 Baby Mollies 1/2 inch or smaller
2 Lace Gourami 1 1/2
1 Gourami Honey Flame (I believe) 3 to 4 inch
1 Opaline Gourami 2 inch
1 Red Tail Black Shark 1 inch
2 Silver Dollars 1 is 1 inch other is 2 inches
1 Blue Mystery Snail
1 Gold Mystery Snail
2 Dalmation Molly's 2 inches
3 White Clouds tiny things
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post #20 of 21 Old 11-13-2007, 05:20 PM
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Got trouble connecting to this thread. Yes, it's a common pleco. They can be replaced with smaller species such as Ancistrus and Sturisomas.

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