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Old 08-25-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
 
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Question cichlid compatability

Hi i have recently realised my tank is over stocked and i want to do something about it before its too late.
so i would be getting rid of my blue gouramis, golden algae eater, plec. so i would be left with 1 peppered corydoras 3 royal rams (which i think are cichlids anyway) and a red tailed black shark. so i am going to get a bigger tank and i was thinkin off getting cichlids. so too my question, can cichlids be kept with cory catfish red tailed black shark and royal rams :) thanks in advance :)
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
 
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Hi i have recently realised my tank is over stocked and i want to do something about it before its too late.
so i would be getting rid of my blue gouramis, golden algae eater, plec. so i would be left with 1 peppered corydoras 3 royal rams (which i think are cichlids anyway) and a red tailed black shark. so i am going to get a bigger tank and i was thinkin off getting cichlids. so too my question, can cichlids be kept with cory catfish red tailed black shark and royal rams :) thanks in advance :)
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Hey,

I currently have about a 2 year old black shark in with several different specices of cichlids..
Some people may tell you it isn't a good idea due to the aggressive nature cichilds can have..however I've found with mine..clearly,over 2 years has survived and is thriving.

I don't know the size of your tank...but mines currently in a 180 gallon..so..It could be working because of the vast size and my ability to not over stock.

I have a ram in my smaller 55 gallon with a baby( as You cannot seem to buy adult-ish size specimen at the LFS) with a red tail shark..they get along great! I've never had issues..but I also realize that once he/she gets larger It will be moved over.

Hopefully this help...but like anything..every fish is different


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Old 08-25-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
 
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hey i plan to get a 125 litre tank so it 32 inches wide 14 inches deep and 20 inches high hope that helps a bit more :)
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:04 PM   #4
 
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hey i plan to get a 125 litre tank so it 32 inches wide 14 inches deep and 20 inches high hope that helps a bit more :)
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Honestly I've never been one to have any type of fish species except for semi-aggressive. so..cory's aren't my specalty. However.. I suspect thats a 30 gallon tank? Not sure..you'd prob know more than me:)haha

But ..if you do intend to keep the red tail shark..just realize they have the potential to become rather large haha and a tank smaller than what my baby is housed in atm (55 gallons) would seem a minimum to me. My red tail is housed with some sort of small sized pleco( I honestly have no clue..but I didn't want a regular one as the size was unsuitable to the tank I wanted to house him in for his life) and the pleco doesn't have a mark on him..He's about the size of a canadian dime?

I don't honestly see a problem at the beginning if the stock you suggested is what you plan on keeping yours in.

I would just watch to make sure the RTS isn't chasing anyone.:)
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
 
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okay i will check about the cories and its not the end of the world if i have to sell my cory it would just mean getting my tank quicker as i have to buy it myself "/ and rams are cichlids too right ?? and i think it must be about that becuse my current tank is 60litres/ 15 gallons
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:15 PM   #6
 
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okay i will check about the cories and its not the end of the world if i have to sell my cory it would just mean getting my tank quicker as i have to buy it myself "/ and rams are cichlids too right ?? and i think it must be about that becuse my current tank is 60litres/ 15 gallons

Yeah..I have a blue Ram..and they're considered a cichild species so..I'd assume yours is to:) I honestly believe red tail sharks and black tail sharks are one of the few"sharks" that can be placed in some sort of community tropical fish type setting.

Rams are known to be rather friendly anyway so..with that being said..You maybe able to keep your cories:)

I think you stated that you still have to purchase this tank?or are setting it up?
It might work in your favour to keep rams..as they are a true reflection of your water perameters and quality. They, as you probably know require near perfect conditions to thrive:)

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Old 08-25-2010, 04:34 PM   #7
 
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l have to buy the tank but it will give me time to sell the current fish that can no-longer be kept. and i got the rams on monday so 2 days ago and the are all acting healthy atm so its all good so far. and what would you reccomen to put with my 6 other fish ( rams shark and cory) ??? :)

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Old 08-26-2010, 03:03 PM   #8
 
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l have to buy the tank but it will give me time to sell the current fish that can no-longer be kept. and i got the rams on monday so 2 days ago and the are all acting healthy atm so its all good so far. and what would you reccomen to put with my 6 other fish ( rams shark and cory) ??? :)

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Actually..haha my 55 I kind of forget about SOMETIMES as to what is actually in there.

I'll tell you what I've kept my ram and shark with....

Right now I have a school of some sort of larger tetra I believe..(6 of them). They remind me of big black skirt tetra's but they aren't black..and are facinating..I'll take a picture tonight..maybe someone could tell me haha.

A school of Rosey barbs..which are very hardy I've found...

I had a fire eel in there..who recently passed away:(.(due to a freak accident on flying out of my tank and on the floor)
The ram and the smaller species of pleco I mentioned previously.
I have a black ghost knife fish in with them ..which I purchased about a month ago..and like i mentioned..to small
to live with my larger fish.

The Red Tail shark is in there..he is still small,as previously mentioned..and will be moved to the larger tanks once he becomes of size.

I guess technically I do sort of have a community type set up in there haha...

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Old 08-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #9
 
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The Red Tailed Shark is in our fish profiles, please have a look at that. It is not a suitable fish for what you are planning from the aspect of tank size and having other bottom fish; both issues are mentioned in the profile.

Corydoras must be kept in groups or they will be under stress and that means deteriorating health. A group of 5 is best, 3 will do if space is an issue but in your proposed tank 5 would be better. But not with the shark as noted in the profile.
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:40 PM   #10
 
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kat i will keep that in mind when i come to stocking and sorry to hear about your eel "/.

byron i have a shark and cories in the tank at the moment and they are getting along fine the shark and cory look healthy and are eating and swimming fine :)
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