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post #11 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 07:25 PM
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Definitely a cichlid, as Lupin says. Not sure what kinda though, sorry.

How is he doing? Is he agressive towards any other tankmates at all?
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post #12 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for identifying my fish. Actually he's not a bit aggresive, maybe because he is small.He was catched from a river about a month ago. He's about an inch and a half and when he was given to me was about half an inch. He seems to be peacefull towards my guppies, pleco, zebra and neon tetra, they all look happy, now I wonder if I should put him alone when he grows up. They are all living without a water filter until now and seem to be doing ok. I was gonna add together later some platys and a molly I have but now I wonder if this cichild would mean a treat even counting he's being nice to them now.
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post #13 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 09:43 PM
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No filter? Your fish are probably stressed from the lack of water movement, and the water probably disgusting. What are your water params? How often do you do water changes? How big is this tank?

You NEED a filter.
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post #14 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Not big

Well I just moved and I haven't got a decent fish tank yet. I'm getting one really soon, cause I didn't had any fish and suddenly I got a few. I used to have a 50 gallon but right now what I got is about 2 and a half gallon, I do change water frequently and it is really clear, no dirt or anything and they seem to be happy, the guy from the pet shop said they should be ok because( except from the one that I just found out is a cichlild) the fish I have can live without the filter. Anyway I already made some calls to get a 10 gallon tank on a nice price.
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post #15 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 10:21 PM
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So you have that fish, a pleco, neon tetras, guppies, and "zebra" tetra in a 2.5 gallon tank with no filter?

Don't be surprised if your tank crashes soon. What type of pleco do you have? A pleco should not be in any tank smaller than 20 gallons, and 75 for most species. Plus, they poop as much as a fish twice their size. The tetras should have at least 5 other family members.

Don't listen to the people from your LFS. They just try to make money and do not care for the lives of your fish. I would say only 5% of all LFS employees know what they are talking about (Bettababy is one).

You should have a tank of at least 20 gallons to start. They are living in hell. Get them out.
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post #16 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 11:31 PM
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*sigh*

Luria it's good that you have decided to upgrade your tank. If possible I would think about getting a larger tank than 10g. buying them second hand from craigslist and local papers etc can show up some really good deals. Go for 25-30g if you can. It's a good sized tank, not too small, not too big kinda thing.

What kind of plec is it? Many get huge, but there are a good few that stay <6".

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post #17 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 11:36 PM
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I had to look at the pic again. It's a kenyi which is part of the Lake Malawi community. Not really your typical community fish and best separated from other fish.

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post #18 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 11:45 PM
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Okay, I'm not taking sides here, but I'm going to toss in my few cents.

First of all, to Dodgeboy: You must understand Cody is looking out for the interests of the fish. Yes, it's true, not everyone can afford a huge tank, but look at what's going on in this one. A 2.5 gallon tank is not going to be kind to the pleco, first and foremost. I imagine it must be pretty small right now, but it will grow, and if it stays in that size tank long enough it will have growth issues, like a deformed spine for one.

The cichlid is most likely going to grow fairly large as well, depending on what kind it is. That plus guppies and two tetras is really pushing space. Even a ten gallon tank would be much kinder to the fish, which would cost 9-12 dollars depending on where you buy it. The one I keep my gecko in was only $9 at walmart. That's not a tremendous amount of money, even if you save up change to do it. And no, most people living on their own and paying bills could not afford a larger tank with all the works, but why would you have pets if you can't afford to treat them right? Could you guiltlessly keep a cat without being able to afford food and vet bills? It's not the fishs' fault if she can't afford a bigger tank, so why should the results be pushed on them?

And Luria: I'm glad to hear you're getting a bigger tank. If the pleco is a common, it will grow 18-24 inches. The cichlid will grow as well, and may not be a community fish. That, plus tetras are very active swimmers and need enough open space to be happy and healthy. Try for at least a twenty gallon. Like Falina said, you can find great prices for used tanks on craigslist.

Okay, that's a lot of cents, sorry. I'm done now.
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post #19 of 32 Old 03-03-2008, 11:59 PM
Looks like a baby bass to me.
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Looks like a baby bass to me.
You settle this, Bob.lol You have seen bass in person more than I do.

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