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Tracy 10-20-2006 08:05 PM

HELP!
 
Uh oh, I bought a Leporinus just over a week ago, not knowing at the time that it is notorious for being a fin-nipper and can eventually kill everything in an aquarium :o . tonight I see that two of the fish in my 46 gallon have nipped fins :x . Question: can I put this small leporinus in with my small African cichilds (which I've only had a week). Size issues aside (yes I know they all will get big); I don't know what else to do.

willow 10-20-2006 08:09 PM

is there no chance of you taking it back to
the fish shop.?

Lupin 10-20-2006 08:11 PM

I'd return them asap as Lainey said.:)
IMO, I wouldn't mix the leporinus in a small tank with the African cichlids.

Tracy 10-21-2006 12:49 AM

Too late. I put him in with the Africans. I know it can't stay that way, but the lfs I got him from (the one I work at) won't take him back because all the tanks are one one system and they, of course, are afraid of disease. At first, the cichlids were taking turns picking on the leporinus, but he stood his ground and picked right back. Now (a few hours later) he is swimming with them. On Sunday I'll donate him to a different store. :(

rev 10-21-2006 01:03 AM

Leporinus are nice fish & i've seen them kept at my lfs together with large africans. Why not keep him there if he's not creating any real drama ?

Lupin 10-21-2006 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rev
Leporinus are nice fish & i've seen them kept at my lfs together with large africans. Why not keep him there if he's not creating any real drama ?

It's a Leporinus striatus and won't fit in a 20 gallons tank.:blink:


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