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post #1 of 11 Old 07-25-2007, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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K im planning on getting a new tank, a 55 gallon. My step dad said "you cant put cichlids Plecos, or corydoras in the same tank" because you have to put something like a teaspoon or tablespoon of koushour salt in the tank for the cichlids. but ive seen cichlids, corydoras AND plecos in the same tank. thanks if you can give me an answer :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-25-2007, 10:05 AM
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cichlids don't need salt at all. THey will do well in the salt but personaly I don't advise using it regularly. The corys could be okay depending on what cichlids are put in there.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-25-2007, 10:45 AM
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I would'nt put salt in atall. What are the benefits ?
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-25-2007, 01:17 PM
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cichlids don't need salt at all. THey will do well in the salt but personaly I don't advise using it regularly. The corys could be okay depending on what cichlids are put in there.
Definitely, I wouldn't recommend salt. Cories and other catfish are less tolerant of salt. As for cichlids & cories, I've got GBRs in with cories. I wouldn't recommend african cichlids with cories though.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-26-2007, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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and oscars are fine, right?
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-26-2007, 08:18 PM
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they are fine with salt. If you are asking if they are fine with cories well...it wont take them long to get big enough to want a cory for lunch.

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I wouldn't recommend oscars with the other fish listed. Cories and such tend to be much smaller. Oscars get to 18" in size and do better with larger fish.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-26-2007, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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so oscars are fine with plecos, cichlids, maybe a silver dollar and a bala shark? thanks if reply (i know alot its just that i dont want to spend to much, ive been working hard for a 14 year old lol i have a job now making about $41 and mowing a field for $10 and anything else i can do. so far i have $100, i got that in 2 days. im trying to get my parents to buy alot of the stuff. they want me to buy stuff off the internet like websites cause i need an extremely good deal, also if anyone knows a site w/ extremely cheap prices other than www.thatpetplace.com and www.drsfostersmith.com id appreciate it, and the prices have to be lower. thanks)
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-26-2007, 11:51 PM
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so oscars are fine with plecos, cichlids, maybe a silver dollar and a bala shark?
You cannot keep only one of either species. They are shoaling species and will require plenty of space to swim around and a large group for company. Your 55 gallons is pushing the limits already. No silver dollars and bala sharks for that matter. What is your final stocking list?

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-27-2007, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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idk :( maybe you can give me some suggestions of a popular fish that ill find at a store but i want an oscar by far. other than the fact that they can get hole in the head, i can take the chance. ill do an oscar and like a few others, im interested in a pleco but also a cichlid. grrr lol
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