11-08-2010, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by RipariumGuy
Correct, the bowl is a bad idea.
He is in a 10g tank? That is a tad small for most African cichlids. In the near future I would upgrade to a bigger setup and add some more Africans. By the sound of it, the cichlid is the only fish in the setup, right? If so, you should be fine without having to quarentin him. Also, what speices is the cichlid in question?
I did some research after posting this thread and apparently he is a red striped earth eater, Geophagus Surinamensis, native to South America, that apparently grows up to a foot long. NOT, as I was told by the kind folks at Ace Hardware, an African cichlid who'd reach an adult size of 5 inches. He is about 2 1/2 inches long now and shares his tank with a baby cory catfish, an oto, and two 1 1/2 inch tetras.