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mcb5522 01-12-2011 08:30 AM

New 60 gallon tank, need advice on stock
Hi everyone, I just bought a new 60 gallon fish tank from Petsmart along with stand and hood. I got it for 200$ which was right in my price range.I caught it on sale along with a 60 dollar discount for a broken piece of the hood and some peeling mica on the stand( I fixed them all right away when I got home easily with some gorilla glue and a razor lol). I realized they had the sale going on and thought might as well go look since craigslist was not showing any good deals by me. I have needed to upgrade from my 30 gallon for a long time since it was overstocked(my brother has a fish tank but is getting rid of it and had to dump the last three fish on me. I only agreed cause I was already looking for a bigger tank) I successfully transferred my filters, gravel, rocks and fish after an all day event of moving furniture around. My question is am I still overstocked. I have raised all of my fish since they were babies but they are around 3 inches mostly. I have a blood parrot, a jack dempsey, a green terror, a pleco and three other cichlids that I have not identified yet. Thanks for any advice. Btw my water parameters have always been good and I keep up with my water changes along with having plenty of rocks for hiding although with the extra room my tank seems a little bit empty. I will post pictures eventually

burnsbabe 01-13-2011 10:48 AM

My first question, what kind of Pleco? My second, are you going to keep the 30g? Depending on what the other three cichlids are you may or may not be fine. To be on the safe side, I'd give the 30g over to one of the fish (probably the Blood Parrot) and work from there.

You're big issue is gonna be/is aggression between all those cichlids.

mcb5522 01-13-2011 06:57 PM

It is just a common pleco and the aggression is fine. They all keep to themselves even when passing by closely. That 30 gallon is gone btw. I had no room after upgrading since I had to stick this thing in my room which is a little bigger then a walk in closet lol

burnsbabe 01-14-2011 12:35 AM

Common pleco is not what I was hoping to hear. Those things get rather large all on their own. I'd certainly suggest avoiding adding anybody new to this situation.

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