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Old 05-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Jewel cichlid in a community tank?

My friends gave me a jewel cichlid from their cichlid tank because he was getting his butt kicked. I had him in my little 5 gal until I made sure he was going to live. They are afraid to put him back in their tank so we put him in my 55 gal tank. I am wondering if this was a good idea. I have 6 tetras, a pleco, a striped Rafael catfish, a Green Severum, 2 Eartheaters, a Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, a Giant Gourami, a Pearl Gourami, and a female betta. My parameters are: tank is 78 degrees, Ammonia & Nitrites at 0, Nitrates are 30 ( I have some live plants), PH is 7.8. All my fish get along with each other. I want to make sure the cichlid won't eat anyone. Any advise would be appreciated. I don't know much about cichlids. The first picture is the Jewel in my 5 gal and then a picture of my 55 gal.
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My friends gave me a jewel cichlid from their cichlid tank because he was getting his butt kicked. I had him in my little 5 gal until I made sure he was going to live. They are afraid to put him back in their tank so we put him in my 55 gal tank. I am wondering if this was a good idea. I have 6 tetras, a pleco, a striped Rafael catfish, a Green Severum, 2 Eartheaters, a Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami, a Giant Gourami, a Pearl Gourami, and a female betta. My parameters are: tank is 78 degrees, Ammonia & Nitrites at 0, Nitrates are 30 ( I have some live plants), PH is 7.8. All my fish get along with each other. I want to make sure the cichlid won't eat anyone. Any advise would be appreciated. I don't know much about cichlids. The first picture is the Jewel in my 5 gal and then a picture of my 55 gal.
I have 2 blood red jewels, my small male 3 inch killed 3 fire mouths in 1 night, they can be aggressive..
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I'll have to keep an eye on him. I was "babysitting" two of their parrot fish for a while but they started eating my glofish and harassing my betta so they went back home. They now have their own 40 gal.
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I wouldn't do it. Jewels can be very aggressive. If you could put him in the tank and literally watch for hours and hours...but I would be afraid to go to sleep. Tetras, gourami, and betta would probably be done quickly.
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Well, so far, so good. I checked on everyone as soon as I got up this morning and they are all there and getting along. Even my betta doesn't seem intimidated (yet). I know that could all change in the blink of an eye but as of today, they are all getting along. The Jewel is even changing colors and getting brighter. What's up with that?
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I'd take it out, never seen a Jewel that didn't have bad attitude.
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Thanks for the advise. I'll be sure and watch for aggression. So far, she's pretty docile.
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I had two jewels in a bigger community tank and they didn't bother anyone. But there were enough fish in the tank they couldn't get to rowdy.
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I had two jewels in a bigger community tank and they didn't bother anyone. But there were enough fish in the tank they couldn't get to rowdy.
That sounds like mine. I have a 55 gal with caves and there are 15 other fish in there. So far she's been a model fish!
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OK, Jewel is starting to get too pushy. "Someone" got ahold of my Neon Blue DG and shredded his fins. I don't know if it was Jewel or not but that's my guess. DG is now in the hospital. My question is, my friends that have the cichlid tank told me that once you take a cichlid out, you can't put them back in the tank with the other cichlids. Is that correct?
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