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post #1 of 5 Old 11-03-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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mixing cichlids with other fish

hello everyone, i was curious if there are any cichlids that i can put in a tank with a red tailed shark and an opaline gourami (both juvenile)? it is a 3ft long tank. i think cichlids are so cool and i would love to have some in my tank. i am also planning to put my bristlenose pleco in the tank when he gets a little bigger. thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-05-2011, 07:34 PM
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Cichlids occur in varying water parameters, some requiring soft acidic water, some slightly basic, and some hard to very hard. So knowing your tap water parameters will help us narrow down options. In all cases they require sufficient space for territories, so you may only manage a couple in a 3-foot tank.

Aside from that, gourami and cichlids do not usually get along; both are territorial. Depends upon the species of course, so I'll leave this for now until we know the water.

The Red Tailed Shark is probably going to be trouble at some point. You can find our more in the profile, click on the shaded name.

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that's what i figured. it's a shame, cichlids are very cool fish
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-05-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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do you think i could put a black convict cichlid in the tank?
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do you think i could put a black convict cichlid in the tank?
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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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