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Old 06-08-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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African cichlid tank mates

I have a 55 gallon tank all setup and need to stock it. As of right now i only have an albino channel cat and 2 "assorted" african cichlids. I would like to know what else i can put besides cichlids.
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Africans should really only be housed with other africans. If you want a tank with a lot of different kinds of fish, i suggest getting rid of your africans and maybe do a community tank.
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I fish for channel cats, dont they get a foot long?
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Research the kinds of fish your interested in. You can do a compatibility check through Live Aquaria.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=21
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Sooner or later the channel cat will outgrow and eat the cichlids, then outgrow the tank. Buying "assorted" African cichlids is almost always a bad idea. They're typically auratus and zebra's, easily bred in FL ponds, and the most aggressive species for their size. Auratus in particular will claim the whole tank as their territory. Not a problem when they're small, but as they mature the killing will start. A 55 limits your stocking options for African cichlids, but you can keep several species of smaller/less aggressive mbuna after you get rid of the channel cat and sort out the "assorted" species you have now.
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I wouldn't have taken the assorted cichlids but one of my friends need them to go to a good home so i took them. The channel cat is also going into a pond soon
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I fish for channel cats, dont they get a foot long?
Quite a bit bigger than that

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I wouldn't have taken the assorted cichlids but one of my friends need them to go to a good home so i took them. The channel cat is also going into a pond soon
Keep an eye on them, of course we don't know how soon the cat will go into a pond, but they grow very fast and will eat the cichlids as soon as they will fit in it's mouth.

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