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FISHSD 08-02-2007 04:52 PM

30 gallon tank
 
Hi i'm new to forums
I have a 30 gallon tank thats been set up for about 3 weeks. I have a redtail shark, its been in there for a week and a half. I just got a electric yellow/ yellow lab and am planning on having 3 total. I was told to take the shark out or he would be killed. ANy suggestions of reccomendations would be great.
THANKS

Lupin 08-02-2007 05:44 PM

Red-tail sharks and mbunas are incompatible. While the yellow labs aren't exactly as aggressive as the other mbunas, the issue still goes to the establishment of territories. Red-tail sharks are quite aggressive and will try to establish their territory.

FISHSD 08-02-2007 05:59 PM

so this is an issue of territory and not that the redtail shark cant handle itself with the electric yellows??

Lupin 08-02-2007 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by FISHSD
so this is an issue of territory and not that the redtail shark cant handle itself with the electric yellows??

I find yellow labs to be rather peaceful and not very aggressive. Your red-tail shark is liable to bully them out of their hiding places.

FISHSD 08-02-2007 06:19 PM

ok well right now i have a redtail and just bought a electric yellow which was fine yesterday, but now seems to chase the redtail. They are both a little over 2 inches, but the redtail might be a bit bigger.

Lupin 08-02-2007 06:25 PM

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Originally Posted by FISHSD
ok well right now i have a redtail and just bought a electric yellow which was fine yesterday, but now seems to chase the redtail. They are both a little over 2 inches, but the redtail might be a bit bigger.

I would monitor them if I were you.:) Right now, they may be okay but the aggression might just increase as they mature. Cichlids love to establish their boundaries and will not appreciate being driven away which the red-tail sharks are liable to do or so at least in my experience.:)

FISHSD 08-02-2007 06:33 PM

I think i know the answer to this but if I were to get rid of the redtail could i have electric yellows and around 3 red zebra cichlids??

Lupin 08-02-2007 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by FISHSD
I think i know the answer to this but if I were to get rid of the redtail could i have electric yellows and around 3 red zebra cichlids??

You can. Filtration must also be increased to cope with the added bioload.

FISHSD 08-02-2007 06:38 PM

a 30 gallon isn't too small for around 6 cichlids??? a redtail probably would get destroyed in a tank like that too right.

Lupin 08-02-2007 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by FISHSD
a 30 gallon isn't too small for around 6 cichlids??? a redtail probably would get destroyed in a tank like that too right.

Oh, I mean you can if you remove your shark. Overstocking with Lake Malawi cichlids is okay to reduce aggression but there will always be disadvantages and that includes overstocking a Lake Malawi biotope


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