Semi Newbie help
I set up my 55 gallon after 12+ years and added some fish.
Looking for thoughts on the occupants.
1 Electric blue Jack Dempsey 2 inch
1 red tail shark 3 inch
1 pike cichlid 2.75 inch
1 snypsilum 3 inch
1 albino frog small - 1 inch
1 panama red bristle nose pleco 1 inch.
The shark and pike really go at it.
Welcome to the forum :wave:
Am to just jump right in here, in a nutshell the tank is way too small for those fish.
You have some very aggressive fish there in the JD, Pike and the shark.
Depending on what species of Pike cichlid, they can grow up to 14".
To get any sort of calm in that tank, some of those fish will simply have to be rehoused.
The synspilum is going to get 17" so a minimum 125g.
The others would be maximum size around 6-8: depending on what species of Pike cichlid, Pike cichlids are often labelled wrong in stores and sold as a smaller variant when they are actually the big ones getting to 12-".
The fact that you have aggressive species, I would be looking at 75g or 90g. This will allow enough space for each fish to claim a territory of its own.
JD do well in a tank with a sandy or fine gravel bottom as they like to dig.
Red tail sharks require driftwood and vegetation something the JD will munch on.
As the fish are quite small though, with careful monitoring of both the tank (for aggression) and water parameters, you might be able to keep them in a 55g. Be prepared though that if aggression becomes too much, you might have to remove fish, either to a separate tank or back to the store if they will take them.
I have had serious thoughts of a 125 gallon tank.
After 13 years I think you and your occupants are just fine. :lol:
I should have mentioned the pike cichlid is a green dwarf.
The EBJD is fine in a 55g the Snypsilum is not. They average at least 12-14" and it needs more room than a 55g can provide.
Not to mention they are very peaceful compared to the EBJD so there might be aggression issues.
Got rid of the shark and bought a 180 gallon tank. Being delivered next weekend.
My Frog vanished into thin air - Crazy
Got some Congo Tetras
Cant wait to set up the new digs.
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