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post #11 of 20 Old 06-05-2012, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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sorry, what does +one mean?
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-05-2012, 12:38 PM
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+ one just means you aggree with the last opinion....
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LMAO "Well opinion's are like Bar-B-Q sauce recipe's ,eveybody's got one." I will be useing that one!!

I might make the plunge and do the swap this weekend.......that will put me at 28 fish in my 125G..
My thought's are that the Giant danios will be fine and I would not suggest them knowing how difficult it would be to try and catch em should it be otherwise

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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How big have you seen the giant danio's get?
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+ one just means you aggree with the last opinion....
got it. thanks!! Newbie here
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post #16 of 20 Old 06-05-2012, 08:25 PM
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Arowana once large enough will snack on everything in that tank. So absolutely no way as people have mentioned before.

I would not add too many giant danios if I were you, you are at some point going ot have to up the numbers of cichlids considerably. Auratus if they both turn out to be male will fight each other to death, if it is a male and female, the male will kill the female unless you add about 7 more females. These fish (auratus) start showing major aggression at about 2 inches.

All mbuna except the very aggressive ones should be kept in a 1 male to 4 female ratio. This helps spread the aggression from the dominant male to several females when he is in spawning mode, anything less and it can lead to stressed or at worst dead females.

In a 55g tank, with cichlids alone, you would be looking at a maximum of 12-15 fish in the 3 species with correct male to female ratio. As I mentioned this technically means with the Auratus alone, you are going to be overstocked with just having the two of them. Labs are ok in 3's as they are not overly aggressive, can really depend on the nature of the fish as well, some are more aggressive than others, even though they are still on the very peaceful side of African Cichlids.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Arowana once large enough will snack on everything in that tank. So absolutely no way as people have mentioned before.

I would not add too many giant danios if I were you, you are at some point going ot have to up the numbers of cichlids considerably. Auratus if they both turn out to be male will fight each other to death, if it is a male and female, the male will kill the female unless you add about 7 more females. These fish (auratus) start showing major aggression at about 2 inches.

All mbuna except the very aggressive ones should be kept in a 1 male to 4 female ratio. This helps spread the aggression from the dominant male to several females when he is in spawning mode, anything less and it can lead to stressed or at worst dead females.

In a 55g tank, with cichlids alone, you would be looking at a maximum of 12-15 fish in the 3 species with correct male to female ratio. As I mentioned this technically means with the Auratus alone, you are going to be overstocked with just having the two of them. Labs are
ok in 3's as they are not overly aggressive, can really depend on the nature of the fish as well, some are more aggressive than others, even though they are still on the very peaceful
side of African Cichlids.
Got it. I'm going to take back the Auratus this weekend. I want a 1 male to 4-5 female ratio but I have to wait till the cichlids get a bit older. Once I can tell the gender, I will make it a 1 to 4-5 ratio.
So the max fish I can have will be 12-15?
Thanks again!!
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post #18 of 20 Old 06-05-2012, 10:47 PM
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Correct 12-15 fish spread over 3 species maximum.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Correct 12-15 fish spread over 3 species maximum.
Awesome!!
Thank you very much!,
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How big have you seen the giant danio's get?
Four inches is common but in larger aquariums ,,five inches is about as big as they get.

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