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I think I might wanna get a salvini cichlid and some tiger barbs/gaint danio to keep with my firemouths if I end up getting the. Ide have them in a 55 gallon which is enough space for 2 cichlids to own terrioty and my other fish (dithers) to be able to escape right?
Maybe. Salvini are extremely aggressive. Pound for pound they are probably one of the most aggressive central american cichlids out there. One can very well take over a 55 gallon tank. It could work but I honestly would not try it.
"responsible fish keeper?... Didn't know there was any other kind"
I am not retarded I just can't spell
if you want to get tiger barbs, get as many as you can. 5 is not enough. they are mean little buggers. i started out with five and ended up having to euthanize one when the bully of the group nipped his tail down to nothing. i now have 9 and they seem to be doing ok. no more nipping and they're schooling/begging for food together all the time.
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Originally Posted by Phillip J View Post
I wouldn't quite go that far. Angelfish [which is one of the more placid cichlids] can become a terror in a community aquarium, especially if there is a breeding or attempting to breed pair. For New World CICHLIDS, the firemouth tends to be mild mannered but again this is for cichlids in general. They each have their own personalities and little ticks that no one can predict. I have heard of people keeping firemouths successfully with convicts, something I have not attempted to do myself, and if they can hold their own against convicts [which tend to breed like rabbits and therefore are territorial] then they are not very shy or retiring fish. But then again I cannot say it is not possible to keep them with community fish. It the fish's personality that will determine who can be housed with whom. I have successfully housed Oscars and Severums with Pearl Gouramis and a Betta and no one got eaten. The Betta died of old age. Would I try this mixture with other Oscars and Severums, it would depend totally upon the fish but chances are that I will never be able to do that again.
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