11-08-2013, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
The synspilum is going to get 17" so a minimum 125g.
The others would be maximum size around 6-8: depending on what species of Pike cichlid, Pike cichlids are often labelled wrong in stores and sold as a smaller variant when they are actually the big ones getting to 12-".
The fact that you have aggressive species, I would be looking at 75g or 90g. This will allow enough space for each fish to claim a territory of its own.
JD do well in a tank with a sandy or fine gravel bottom as they like to dig.
Red tail sharks require driftwood and vegetation something the JD will munch on.
As the fish are quite small though, with careful monitoring of both the tank (for aggression) and water parameters, you might be able to keep them in a 55g. Be prepared though that if aggression becomes too much, you might have to remove fish, either to a separate tank or back to the store if they will take them.
I think the Pike and the Red Tail shark are going back to the store tomorrow - the EBJD and the Snypsilum will be alone with 3 small schooling fish yet to be purchased.
I have had serious thoughts of a 125 gallon tank.