I had just bought a new 75 gallon tank for my africans and have been intrigued at south africans while browsing around both the local fish stores and online. I went ahead and got my 55 all set up and have had it running with old filters and threw a bottom of turbo start in there and just a few hours ago I went ahead and bought a pair of jack dempsey for the tank. Says they get to be right around 8-10 inches which i think for a 55 gallon tank should be a decent amount of space for just the two of them. Currently it is just a natural river pebble gravel and I will be adding a few pieces of driftwood and river rocks tomorrow.
I am curious as to if this tank will be big enough for the two of them and if so I would like to add some sort of algee eater and a cat fish to help with the cleaning duties.
I was going to go with one oscar but damn, those guys make a mess and they grow a little too quick for me, not to mention they get to be right around a foot or so and thats not providing a lot of space for them to swim and or turn around. I'm new to south africans so any advice would be great. Thanks..