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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2014, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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aggressive texas cichlid

Hi everyone, I have a large texas cichlid ( about 12 inches/ tank is 60 gallons) and I would like to add bristlenose pleco to help with the algae, my problem is that my cichid is very aggressive and pretty much attacks and kills anything I add to his tank. Does anyone have any experience with this problem? I really do not want to get another fish, just to have him die. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-07-2014, 04:40 AM
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Hello and welcome. Adding a fish is never a good idea to correct algae. The fish may eat some algae, but he won't get it all and he will add bioload, so the cycle continues. So let's go at the algae problem from a different perspective.
Do you have liquid test kits? Please post your parameters using liquid test kits like API. How old are the bulbs and what kind of lighting? How many watts over what size tank? How often do you do water changes and when is the last time you cleaned the filter media?
Do you have the lights on a timer and how long are you allowing them to be on?
I would suggest getting the nitrates below 20PPM if they are not. Do a hefty water change and turn off the lights completely for three days. Follow with another large water change afterward. What kind of algae is it?

Keep Smiling~Carole

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-16-2014, 07:10 AM
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Is your cichlid a red, green or true texas cichlid? There are different aggression levels. True, or blue texas cichlids aren't as aggressive as the green, and red. Also algae won't be cured by a pleco. Yes it will eat some but you'll still have a ton left. Test your aater, turn off lights, do a couple big water changes, and reduce the amount of food left in the aquarium. When you change the water, change out your carbon filter(s) also. One thing you can do about adding a new fish with an aggressive large cichlid is put a tank divider in, and add a pleco or other fish that is too large for your cichlid to eat. Also because of the spines on plecos fins they are less likely to be messed with. Think of a catfish spines if you ever fished. I did say less likely. I didn't say completely. Also if you want to be able to have other fish in your aquarium you're going to have to remove your cichlid to a different tank and add a fish that will defend itself. Let it get settled well then add your cichlid back in. If there are enough hiding places, breaking up of line of sight with fake plants it can be done. I wish you luck.
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