10-26-2009, 03:30 AM
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I do not believe you are overstocked but plenty of individual hiding spots or resting spots are needed for the fsh. I do agree that a larger tank ,something like a 40 gal breeder tank would be ideal for the fish and has more room front,to back than a 55 gal.
Do research your fish BEFORE buying them. You are fortunate that fish store will take fish back. Most won't due to unknown conditions of the water in your tank or mine.
The bumblebee cichlid was just doing what comes natural, establishing territory or dominance and in a smallish tank,, You will see this behaivor with nearly all cichlids. These are NOT community fish that interact with each other like goldfish,guppies,tetras,etc. Researching fish by googling info on the species will save the poor fish from being attacked by unsuitable tankmates and subjected to two or three different moves from dealers tank ,to your tank,and ultimately to anothers tank.
I killed many fish when I first began caring for them by buying fish that were attractive to me with little regard to water parameters,temperatures,foods,and compatibilty among the fishes I selected.