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post #1 of 7 Old 11-03-2010, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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im looking into getting a 55, 75, or 90 gallon tank and i was wondering which would be better for having a pair of green terrors or a pair of jack dempseys id love to have both but i may only pick out one.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-03-2010, 10:28 PM
Well the bigger the better when it comes to cichlids (actually all fish). I would go with the 90 if you have the money. In the 90 gallon, if you offer plenty of hiding areas for them to spawn, you could put both a pair of Green Terrors and a pair of Jack Dempseys. Maybe a Pleco too. You will just need heavy filtration and frequent water changes.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-03-2010, 10:39 PM
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That's a tough one. It really depends on what you like. I would personally go with the terrors. They look better IMO and probably go for more. Remember to have plenty of hiding places because male GT can be nasty to their partners. Their not called "terror" for nothing.

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-04-2010, 02:39 AM
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im looking into getting a 55, 75, or 90 gallon tank and i was wondering which would be better for having a pair of green terrors or a pair of jack dempseys id love to have both but i may only pick out one.
Unless you are purchasing a known breeding pair,it is not always as easy as placing a male and female together. Often times the fish you or I may select as a mate will be rejected by one or the other and then violence is common. Best to place a group of juveniles in the tank and let the fish decide on a mate and this usually happens around the four month mark in my expierience.
I do not agree that two male /female pair of Cichlids mentioned ,could get along in anything smaller than 125 gallons or larger. I say this because you indicated that you wish to place a pair, or two pair of these fish in same tank. In the event that the fish did indeed spawn ,and spawn was successful and resulted in fry,,, these cichlids like many,,, are quite defensive while protecting their young and other fishes would pay dearly for entering territory that the parents of fry have established which could be half the tank ,,and I would expect injury or death to be probable.
Were it me,, (and it ain't) I would place no more than one of each species in any size tank unless I had made arrangements to house the breeding pair elsewhere to prevent trouble. For cichlids,,it's all about territories and once fry are thrown into the mix,, all bet's are off as to who may be able to co-exist .
Have seen large tanks with all male or female cichlids that got along fairly well with enough room for each to claim a portion of the tank as it's turf .
I agree with getting the largest tank that you can and that you have space for if you are going to keep the fish mentioned.

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For one pair I would get either the 75 or the 90. Both have the same footprint (48" x 18"). The 90 is just a bit taller. As 1077 mentioned, getting a group of juvies and letting a pair form would be best. I would not do 2 pair in a 4 ft tank.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-09-2010, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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I've decided to get the jack dempseys....and at the moment I have one...but I will soon add a few more and get a pair. Now after this I would like to add a pleco in the tank and two convicts....not a breeding pair. What do you guys think would be the best sized tank for this combo?
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I've decided to get the jack dempseys....and at the moment I have one...but I will soon add a few more and get a pair. Now after this I would like to add a pleco in the tank and two convicts....not a breeding pair. What do you guys think would be the best sized tank for this combo?
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Nothing smaller than 80 gallons in my opinion.

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