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post #1 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow Need help!!!

I have a 22g tank and want some blue acaras

is it possible if i can get 2 if have nothing else in the tank

or will it be happy on its own with a few other fish such as guppys or is the water requirements and ph deifferent

i duont know so if anyone could that would be helpful

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 07:31 AM
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Nearly all Cichlids(acaras incuded),, need to establish their territory in a tank as well as pecking order(boss). Twenty two gal allows for neither. Acaras, grow to six inches and even one would fiind the tank quite crowded in my view. You might be interested in Rainbow cichlids,Keyhole cichlids(maybetwo),bolivian rams,or some of the Apistogrammas. Frequent ,small water changes will be needed with the fish mentioned and slightly larger filter for the tank size. (ie) tank= twenty gal = filter rated for thirty gal. IMHO.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 07:35 AM
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Your tank is gonna be too small for acaras......even 1..............I suggest you test your tap water and then we could make suggestions to suit your water and tank size.....
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-27-2009, 07:40 AM
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Agreed, Some of the apistogramma's mentinoed would fair poorly in water that was too hard or alkaline.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-28-2009, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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mmm thnaks for your opinions but if its 22g i thought the rule was 1 inch of fish per gallon and if i get them at 3 inches it will take time for them to grow ........wouldnt it........... i dont know but pls help me

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-28-2009, 06:58 AM
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As I stated in first response,Cichlids need to stake out their territory in an aquarium and even one Acara ,could very well consider all of the 22gal it's turf. Yes,one or two small three inch acaras would fit in your tank ,but one would no doubt constantly let the other know ,that he/she is the boss which would in turn ,cause the other fish to be under considerable stress.Squabbles would be frequent as the fish continue to grow and could lead to torn fins and or death of one of the fish. Were it me, and it ain't I would save for a new or used tank of 55 gal or larger. This would give you way more freedom as far as what cichlids you could keep. Dwarf cichlids in my view,are only cichlids suitable for 22 gal. I keep a couple male rams in a 20 gal and one of the rams ,repeatedly gets thrashed whenever it crosses the middle of the aquarium. 22 gal just won't cut it for the Acaras for long. Many people claim,, that they will get a larger tank when the fish get bigger, which is what healthy fish do,, but more than a few people never seem to think the larger tank is needed and fish are the ones who suffer.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-30-2009, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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kk thanks for that i will take you advice And leve my tank as is .....is there any smaller types of chiclids that i could have>>>
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-31-2009, 05:50 AM Thread Starter
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im looking to get some chiclids smaller tpes and i need ideas quick

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-31-2009, 06:27 AM
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Perhaps you could have your water tested for ph and alkalinity at fish store if you don't have a test kit. The pH will determine in large part what cichlids would do well in your particular water. As stated previously in this thread,some cichlids absolutely need soft water and some need hard water to thrive in.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-01-2009, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
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my ph is 6.8 to 7.0 im not sure alkalinity but??
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