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post #1 of 5 Old 06-15-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Ok - spontaneous purchase...

Now I need to know whether or not I have made a potential mistake. I bought a beautiful juvenile fire-mouth ciclid and two jewel ciclidi. Now for the kicker - I purchased 6 large silver hatchet fish to school in the same aquarium figuring the fire-mouth and the hatchet fish may have to see each other in the wild?....? I suppose I will discover the results - probably the hatchet fish will dive out of the tank for cover... However - there are rock archways, heavy live plants, and a large piece of driftwood in the aquarium. Maybe it will be o.k. or maybe the ciclidi will have a better way to ambush the hatchet fish. I better keep feeding the fish....

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-15-2008, 10:17 PM
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If your cichlids don't eat the hatchets, they will terrorize them to death. Then your jewels will kill your firemouth.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 03:10 AM
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I guess the 1st Q is how big is you tank?

the firemouth might be O.K but Juwels are aggressive and territorial.

"It might work?" I have had both firemouths and Juwels (not in the same tank at the same time i must say!) and I found them to spent most of there time at the bottom, I had mine in with Zebra Danios and they was fine, but they was in a 120G tank.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 03:13 AM
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Ditto, previous posts .Firemouths could work but Jewel cichlids will no doubt terrorize everything in the tank.

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-16-2008, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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thanks guys..

The Jewel ciclidi are now out of the tank. The fire mouth ciclid is much more mellow and attractive anyhow. I think the error in my thinking was that the jewels were of a more mellow S. American ciclid line. Oops, wrong!

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