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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Can I add another cichlid?

I recently bought a 29 gallon aquarium complete setup from someone. I moved the tank about a month ago with probably about 70% of the water that was in the tank. It has 1 blue dwarf guarami, 1 sunrise guarami and 2, what i beleive are red zebra cichlids. (one is bright orange, the other bright blue) I am relatively new to the hobby, but have done a lot of research. All the fish get along well. Would if be safe to add another cichlid? If so, what type?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-11-2011, 11:14 AM
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QWelcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

This is not a compatible selection of fish, and while they may seem OK now, it is likely out of sheer stress. Zebra cichlids are rift lake fish, requiring hard water, whereas gourami are soft water fish than can manage with slightly basic medium hard water. Rift lake cichlids should not be combined with non-rift lake fish due to water requirements being so different and their temperament.

It is ironic how fish sometimes manage in the worst environment, one of nature's marvels I dare say. But that does not mean we should force such a situation on fish, as it is quite un-natural. Your 29g is full now with these fish, and I would take steps to separate them somehow (cichlids only; or gourami only with other fish in that case). The Zebra attain 4-5 inches.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-11-2011, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. This tank has been established for 7+ years and these fish have been together for quite some time. They are all 4-5 inches long.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-11-2011, 11:30 AM
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Thanks for the input. This tank has been established for 7+ years and these fish have been together for quite some time. They are all 4-5 inches long.
Like I said, it is simply a marvel how this happens. Of course, the fish may be in all sorts of metabolic and physiological trouble, and placed in a proper environment might suddenly die.

My main point is aimed at others (esp new aquarists) who might read this thread and not understand that this situation is one that we should never deliberately create. It is best left on its own at this stage. Please do not add more fish, there is no room and it might well tip the balance.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-11-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ok. I greatly appreciate your help.
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