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post #11 of 19 Old 03-06-2011, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
really?! i never knew that. the one i have is doing great, never fights with any of them and seems content with the party he's with. i'll do my research and if that's the case, i'll definitely be out this week trying to find another one. thanks!
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-06-2011, 07:48 PM Thread Starter

ok guys, here's the best video i can get of the tank. like i said the lighting sucks. looks much better in person. if anyone knows why my tiger oscar has like no color and just like dots of orange please fill me in...the looked 10x better when i bought him...???
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post #13 of 19 Old 03-06-2011, 08:07 PM
Thats a nice Jaguar. I'm surprised you don't have a lot of territorial problems with all those cichlids. Whats that eel looking fish at 2:07?

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post #14 of 19 Old 03-06-2011, 08:15 PM
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Wow, I see what you mean about the lighting. I thought my big tank was bad.

Please don't add another JD to this tank. You already have too many aggressive fish in there as it is. JD's are fine on their own. If you do want another one wait til you have your big tank and get one of the opposite sex. Even then, they might not get along.

Regarding your question on the Oscar, I could see what looked like the albino one in the vid. Do you have a standard tiger Oscar also? How big was it when you got it. Color patterns will often change on Oscars as they mature into adults.

I could tell that Jag is going to cause problems. LOL

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Whats that eel looking fish at 2:07?
Bichir (polypterus)

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post #16 of 19 Old 03-06-2011, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
thanks. yeah every fish i've gotten at about 1.5 inches, all at different times so that's why they're different sizes. but yeah that jag is awesome! he only fights with the GT because they were the first 2 fish in that tank so they're like brothers fighting all the time...it's cool :) they definitely run the tank. the polypterus is cool. i'm kinda bored with him but he has a good personality and i can't just give him back to the store just because i don't like his colors.

the oscar problem is weird. i got the 2 oscars together when they were about 1.5" and the tiger oscar grew faster then the albino but lost all his color. he had great orange colors when he was small and ended up losing them...wth

i just did a 5 gallon water change tonight too. i'm figuring i'll do a 5 gallon change every 2 days and then do my usual 25 gallon change with the gravel vac every weekend like clockwork. that should keep my water quality 1000% perfect
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hey professionals, i was wondering how often i should be doing water changes and gravel vacs to make sure my water quality is as close to perfect for my cichlids to be healthy. I have a 75G with 21 fish and right now i'm doing weekly 25G water changes and vacuuming the gravel every time. first off, i'm already aware that my tank is kinda overstocked or at least might not be now but will be in the near future. i'm currently saving up for a bigger tank, hopefully a 150-200 gallon tank within the next 6 months.

my tankmates include the following:
1 X 6-7" jaguar
1 X 5-6" green terror
2 X 5" oscars, 1 tiger and 1 albino tiger
1 X 3" jack dempsey
2 X 1-2" convicts
4 X 1-2" salvini's
1 X 3-4" blood jewel
1 X 3-4" firemouth
3 X 1-3" red terrors
3 X 1-3" flowerhorns
1 X 6-7" polypterus
1 X 6-7" common pleco

i am a seasoned aquarium hobbiest and have not had any deaths with my fish in many months. comments welcome from all other knowledgable aquarium hobbiests. please tell me straight up without being a jerk what i need to do and how soon i need to do it so that i may further my knowledge and keep my fish living long and healthy lives. rude comments from rookies or people that don't know what they're talking about will be deleted. thanks all

Best chance for Fishes in your your severely overstocked tank..
Larger aquarium
Two aquaclear 110's or equivalent canister(s)
Two 50 percent water changes each week
Once a day feeding's

I too am a seasoned hobbyist (40 years) Take the advice for what it is worth. Should you choose not to heed the advice offered,, your fish will likely go the way of those you first came here with concern's about .See Post from 10/27/2009 "cichlids dying every month".

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-07-2011, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
Thanks 1077, i definitely appreciate your advice. i'll make sure to do plenty of water changes. i have been feeding them twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, i guess i have to hold back and reduce it to once a day. i just enjoy watching them eat. unfortunately money is extremely tight right now so i'm stuck with the 75 gallon tank until i have enough money for a bigger set up. do you know of any good websites that sell used tanks for cheap? i've been on craigslist, ebay, aquabid.....can't find anything for under like $600 and there's no way in hell i can afford that. and of course i'm too stuck on my fish to give them up....
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Thanks 1077, i definitely appreciate your advice. i'll make sure to do plenty of water changes. i have been feeding them twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, i guess i have to hold back and reduce it to once a day. i just enjoy watching them eat. unfortunately money is extremely tight right now so i'm stuck with the 75 gallon tank until i have enough money for a bigger set up. do you know of any good websites that sell used tanks for cheap? i've been on craigslist, ebay, aquabid.....can't find anything for under like $600 and there's no way in hell i can afford that. and of course i'm too stuck on my fish to give them up....
You might try running an add in your local newspaper's classifieds.."Wanted Large aquarium at reasonable price" Keep looking .

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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