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Old 04-18-2005, 04:24 PM   #11
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Not sure about the jewel cichlids, I don't think they get that big so maybe you could keep a few of them. I heard they're pretty mean too. For red devils I would say no way- I believe they grow up to 12-14 inches. I wouldn't even put one adult RD in a 55 gallon. Same goes for oscars, they also grow to about 12-14 inches as well and I wouldn't keep one in anything less than 75 gallons. Think about it this way: a 55 gallon tank is (I think) 48 inches long and 12 or 13 inches wide. If you keep a 14 inch fish in there, the tank is not even wide enough for the fish to turn around in comfortably. JMO but that doesn't seem right to me. A 75 gallon tank is also 48 inches long, but 18 inches wide; this would afford more swimming room for a large fish, even though IMO this would still be barely adequate.

As I see it, you could either convice your parents to buy you a 75 instead of a 55, or you could choose fish that will not outgrow your tank. What about a Malawi mbuna tank? Those cichlids are notoriously aggressive, and very active and colorful. You could probably keep quite a few in there as long as you overfilter the tank (the Whisper filters won't cut it in a cichlid tank that size, IMO).
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You could get the jewels.
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well i want like a tank with really mean fish that will try to bite anyone but me if they put their hand near the tank also

how many jack would fit in a 55?
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Jack Dempseys grow too big for a 55 gallon tank IMO.
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ok, well i want like i said a really mean tank

and i want some really mean fish that are beautiful and big and i can atleast get 2 of them
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What about the convicts that someone mentioned.
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well, convicts to me, arent all that pretty and they dont act aggressive enough to me

how about pike cichlids?
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Old 04-18-2005, 10:29 PM   #18
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Definitely not the larger pikes, and the smaller pikes don't seem to be all that aggressive from what I understand. Check out some of these:
http://www.geocities.com/napavalley/5491/photos.html

My female convict is really pretty, and she's mean too!


Hey, what about some firemouths? They are really cool and can be pretty aggressive (although mine's not so much).
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i like her green fins those are pretty, also


how many convicts will go into a 55 gal, are they carnivourous, how big do they get, and what other tank mates will go with them?
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