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Old 05-08-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
 
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I also disagree, my cousin had all male Mbuna species and the dominant one killed all of the others of his kind. The distribution is 1M:4F in any tank for this particular species. Also, with cichlids I agree with LasColinas on the point that if you don't want them to breed to go with all Female because they won't try to kill each other either. The brighter colors means they're trying to display their dominance, and a few invariably will get picked on to death.

Also, Yellow Labs and Pseudotropheus Acei look really pretty together and they don't really mess with each other, they eat the same foods and they compliment each other beautifully. (the acei have yellow fins).

Welcome to TFK fellow Irving Resident!!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
 
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Welcome to TFK fellow Irving Resident!!!
Thanks! I actually met you at petsmart a couple months ago. I've done a lot of research on my fish since then and am currently cycling a 55 gallon to put them in. I bought it with a whole bunch of drifwood, and various hiding places for 175 (with stand) I felt like I came out like a bandit.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:02 PM   #13
 
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Thanks! I actually met you at petsmart a couple months ago. I've done a lot of research on my fish since then and am currently cycling a 55 gallon to put them in. I bought it with a whole bunch of drifwood, and various hiding places for 175 (with stand) I felt like I came out like a bandit.
Right on... you were the couple looking to fill their 20g and got the pictus catfish, right?

Awesome...glad to hear about the research and the awesome deal!!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:08 PM   #14
 
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Right on... you were the couple looking to fill their 20g and got the pictus catfish, right?

Awesome...glad to hear about the research and the awesome deal!!!
Yeah we took the pictus back the next day. Got rid of pretty much all of the bottom feeders. Gonna turn the 20 into a barb /cory tank and the 55 is gonna be for the cichlids. Gonna get a baby bristlenose and keel him int he barb tank till he gets bigger and then transfer him to the cichlid tank.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:23 PM   #15
 
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Yeah we took the pictus back the next day. Got rid of pretty much all of the bottom feeders. Gonna turn the 20 into a barb /cory tank and the 55 is gonna be for the cichlids. Gonna get a baby bristlenose and keel him int he barb tank till he gets bigger and then transfer him to the cichlid tank.

So thrilled to hear that!! And the plans sound great. What kind of barbs are you looking into? Cherry barbs? (I like the albino cherry barbs...they look like albino rainbow sharks without the aggression issues.)

Since I saw you at petsmart I added a third tank, 15g...and am in the slow process of re-aquascaping my 29g from gravel and fake plants to sand and live plants like the 15g. Also planning on only keeping my cories in the 29g and the neons...and adding 6 dwarf neon rainbow fish...trying to figure out what to do with my guppies and molly at the moment.

I actually came across a 55 (might be a 60) gallon tank (still need to measure it)...but I dont have the space for it...so I am going to clean it and see if it leaks...then I am either looking to sell it for $50 or trade it in at one of my fave LFS for store credit. So if you know anyone who might be interested locally let me know...hoping to have it gone by Thursday evening.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:31 PM   #16
 
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So thrilled to hear that!! And the plans sound great. What kind of barbs are you looking into? Cherry barbs? (I like the albino cherry barbs...they look like albino rainbow sharks without the aggression issues.)

Since I saw you at petsmart I added a third tank, 15g...and am in the slow process of re-aquascaping my 29g from gravel and fake plants to sand and live plants like the 15g. Also planning on only keeping my cories in the 29g and the neons...and adding 6 dwarf neon rainbow fish...trying to figure out what to do with my guppies and molly at the moment.

I actually came across a 55 (might be a 60) gallon tank (still need to measure it)...but I dont have the space for it...so I am going to clean it and see if it leaks...then I am either looking to sell it for $50 or trade it in at one of my fave LFS for store credit. So if you know anyone who might be interested locally let me know...hoping to have it gone by Thursday evening.
To be honest with you if you post it on Craigslist you could probably sell it pretty quick.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:37 PM   #17
 
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To be honest with you if you post it on Craigslist you could probably sell it pretty quick.
Yeah, that is my last resort...as soon as I clean it and test it for a leak I am going to call the LFS and see what they might give me in store credit for it, if its not near what I expect I will be putting it on CL.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:40 AM   #18
 
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I'm thinking either Tiger barbs or the Black Ruby Barbs (if I can find them) my husband is dead set on some cardinal tetras though so I'm not sure. Anywho, I think we've hijacked the thread already o.O

What other places do you go to look for fish, the only other place I've found is the Dallas North Aquarium in Carrollton.
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