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bubbles1 06-29-2011 03:05 PM

firemouth!55 gallon?
 
hello who ever ponders past this i have some questions about fire-mouths and their compatibility with my tank mates?

- i have a 55 gallon that is home to -
- 10 harla rasboras
-6 odessa barbs
-6 silvertips
-6 guppies
-6 cories
- 1 pleco
i was wondering about adding a centerpiece cichlid. i like firemouths in particular would there be a chance if i could add one?

if not maybe some angels?

something gennerally easy to find, at a lfs? :)

rrcoolj 06-29-2011 04:47 PM

1 firemouth cichlid should be fine in your setup. Buy him small tho. 1 angelfish should be ok too. Assuming you get just one of either.

sik80 06-29-2011 05:27 PM

I don't think a firemouth is a good idea as they can eat small fish when they're grown, like the rasboras

Bolivian rams are an option to consider

ElectricBlueJackDempsey 06-29-2011 05:40 PM

If you add a small, 1 or 2 inch Firemouth, you should be okay but there is always a risk of him eating the smaller fish. Some other cichlids you could go with are Cupid Cichlids, Keyholes, Bolivian Rams, and you could also try a species of Gourami

rrcoolj 06-29-2011 07:10 PM

It is possilbe some fish could be eatin if they are small but that's with any fish. I would say try a small one. Keep him well fed and buy him young I don't think it will be a problem. But the fish ElectricBlueJackDempsey suggested will defiantly be a better fit.

Byron 06-29-2011 07:19 PM

I would not recommend a Firemouth with those small fish. While it is "peaceful" for a cichlid, it is still a cichlid, and at 7 inches should not be housed with fish other than appropriately-sized ones. The Odessa Barb is the only fish listed that should be suitable.

As for angels, they should be in a group of 5+ as they are shoaling fish. A 55g is fine for this, although the active Odessa Barb are not good tankmates. And the guppies will be eaten for certain once the angels are mature.

bubbles1 06-29-2011 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rrcoolj (Post 717082)
It is possilbe some fish could be eatin if they are small but that's with any fish. I would say try a small one. Keep him well fed and buy him young I don't think it will be a problem. But the fish ElectricBlueJackDempsey suggested will defiantly be a better fit.

arent jack dempseys really agressive?

Byron 06-29-2011 08:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bubbles1 (Post 717214)
arent jack dempseys really agressive?

Yes. Check out the profile, click on Jack Dempsey name.

Christople 06-29-2011 09:40 PM

They were referring to the name of the person not the fish

bubbles1 06-29-2011 09:44 PM

i have seen some geo's that i liked but i dont really remember the name it was some tapajos red head idk would that be compatible, or at least could you name some more common geos that could work in my tank?
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