Originally Posted by Hokyfish
I recently set up a South American Cichlid tank. The 60 gallon tank has two 60 gallon filters on it. I have a pleco, a parrot, an oscar, a green severum, and a Synspilum. As of right now none of the fish are over 2 inches but I know they will all grow to be much larger. They all seem to get along very well but do I have too many fish?
At present, no. Assuming the fish remain healthy ,they should grow at a rate of around one inch per month and within six months ,,, You will need a larger tank if you wish to keep them healthy.
As fish grow,so does their need for more room.They require more food, and create more waste which can lead to water quality issues if large frequent water changes are not performed.
In tanks that are not large enough for the fishes to swim and move around ,, they get no exercise and growth slows = stunted sickly fish.