Originally Posted by DjBootleg
Omfg dude.. that really pisses me off... They seem peaceful and shy when I look at them.. I have a total of 3 caves full shelter. And about 6 fake plants and 2 rocks. All great spots to hide.. I can't explain how aggravating this is.... I regret getting the cichlids.. but once I get fish its hard to let em go. Unless its to a friend.. but I guess I have to give up the extremely aggressive ones and get some of the smaller ones like I have... So how many exactly extremely aggressive ones do I have?
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Take a deep breath, yes I know it is very frustrating. But the tank MUST BE horizontal in design. Fish swim a fair distant and even a 48 inch long 75 gallon comes to a grinding halt when you hit the end. Fish do not swim in circles, or vertically from top to bottom. When a profile lists a minimum tank size it usually give a length in inches. Your 50 gallon is not as big or suitable as a 36 G long or 45 G long. Both are 3 feet long!! And still neither of those are suitable for these Cichlids as you also have to consider "turning room". When a fish reaches 8 inches in length, a 12 in wide tank is also not suitable.
Take a moment to view some Youtube videos of big tanks, (many of these are horrendously overstocked too... don't look at that) Look at how the fish travel, look at design and set up. If you look at your fish and sit back and watch them you will likely find them either chasing each other or twitching sitting in one spot... cause there is no place to go.
Fish keeping as you know is highly addictive, I'm sure you will find something more docile to put in that 50G. Keep your eyes out for a horizontal tank on Kijiji or Craig's list. Good luck.
Others will have to advise you about the nature of the fish you have. Also the breeds are listed in the tab above marked Tropical Fish Profiles at the top of the page.
Even tho you already own them research each breed to understand what you are dealing with.