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Old 11-28-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Is a discus a cichlids??

Any advice on this fish???

Can a first timer care for these fish or
Will I kill them ...


First tank for me...

And where do you find this type of fish
If my local pet store can't get them
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Any advice on this fish???

Can a first timer care for these fish or
Will I kill them ...


First tank for me...

And where do you find this type of fish
If my local pet store can't get them
It is infact a genus of cichlid. They are never recommended for first timers because of how hard they are to keep water quality wise etc. They also can be very picky eaters.

How big is your tank? I wouldnt recommend them at all for a first timer.
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:53 PM   #3
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The tank is 55 gallons but I already put
1,600.00 into my first tank ... I wanted
It to look great and the discus look like
Colorful fish that are not aggressive

I wanted to get African cichlids but my
Brother had 6 and some bully others
Kick up sand, always fighting and
Stressing each other out...

Sounded more if a pain then what I read about
Discus ....


Yes 55 gallon first tank
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:31 AM   #4
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I wouldn't get them as a first timer. The reason your brothers were always fighting is because he only had 6. Not enough. Don't take this the wrong way, but your brother has been giving you a lot of questionable advice about your tank. Glad you're coming here though!
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:33 AM   #5
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I wouldn't get them as a first timer. The reason your brothers were always fighting is because he only had 6. Not enough. Don't take this the wrong way, but your brother has been giving you a lot of questionable advice about your tank. Glad you're coming here though!
How many African cichlids do u put in a 55
Gallon ...
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:27 AM   #6
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It varies based on species
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Typically in a 55 mbuna Africans are suggested and upwards of 15 is about fully stocked.
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:18 AM   #8
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Ahhh thanks tcc...

Appreciate it....

Yeah if anyone has any other suggestions
Please let me know .. Want some awesome
Looking fish that are not a pain
If that exists lol
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:29 AM   #9
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Ahhh thanks tcc...

Appreciate it....

Yeah if anyone has any other suggestions
Please let me know .. Want some awesome
Looking fish that are not a pain
If that exists lol
Just start with some easier fresh water fish. Gouramis are nice, tetras, some easier dwarf cichlids, umm maybe some loaches. These are not specifics so maybe someone else can give you some better ideas.
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Yellow labs are a common cichlid that you could find just about anywhere. They're colorful also. At this point I'm not sure what you're looking at though. Are you going for a community or cichlid tank?
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