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.