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Hokyfish 11-02-2010 10:35 PM

Too Many Fish?
 
I recently set up a South American Cichlid tank. The 60 gallon tank has two 60 gallon filters on it. I have a pleco, a parrot, an oscar, a green severum, and a Synspilum. As of right now none of the fish are over 2 inches but I know they will all grow to be much larger. They all seem to get along very well but do I have too many fish?

1077 11-03-2010 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Hokyfish (Post 505238)
I recently set up a South American Cichlid tank. The 60 gallon tank has two 60 gallon filters on it. I have a pleco, a parrot, an oscar, a green severum, and a Synspilum. As of right now none of the fish are over 2 inches but I know they will all grow to be much larger. They all seem to get along very well but do I have too many fish?

At present, no. Assuming the fish remain healthy ,they should grow at a rate of around one inch per month and within six months ,,, You will need a larger tank if you wish to keep them healthy.
As fish grow,so does their need for more room.They require more food, and create more waste which can lead to water quality issues if large frequent water changes are not performed.
In tanks that are not large enough for the fishes to swim and move around ,, they get no exercise and growth slows = stunted sickly fish.

jeaninel 11-03-2010 04:50 PM

I would start looking for a bigger tank real soon. The Oscar and Synspillum will definitely outgrow that tank and are fast growers. The Severum (depending if it's male or female) and Parrot may be able to stay in a 60 gallon tank (assuming it's a 4 ft tank). Is this a 4 ft or 3 ft long tank?

rrcoolj 11-03-2010 10:50 PM

Yikes I would start thinning your stock list. Fish are like people. When their young they get along fine then fishy puberty hits and they have a problem with everyone. The tank is too small for the oscar alone and the synspilum alone. I think the severum and bp should be fine but each fish is different. What type of pleco? If it's a common it will reach around 18" and will emit a huge bioload.

thefishboy 11-07-2010 03:49 PM

Oscars need 55g each so i would get a slightly larger tank and keep the oscar... There are really stand alone fish (well swim)

Hamstern 11-07-2010 05:58 PM

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I would look for a bigger tank real soon...Oscars can get aggreisive,or I would even get seperate tanks!As long they are healthy and are well fed,they should be fine for now........FOR NOW....

livefishcam 11-07-2010 06:02 PM

i have 7 severums and they have grown over 4-5 incs in the last 3 years so they should be ok, its the oscar that the big boy. he will quickly grow and will take over the tank.



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