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Old 07-06-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
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I've got, in a 60 gallon hex, 3 africans, 1 south American, 1 skirt tetra (hanging on for dear life), 2 corys and 2 picti (?), and a 8-9" pleco.
I want to fill in my tank, because as of right now, I'm only taking up about half my tank space. I was wondering what to buy.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:30 AM   #2
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African and South American cichlids shouldn't be mixed at all. They come from very different environments. Why don't you pick one or the other, then you can decide how to stock your tank. Since you have a few SA fish anyway, why not go with a South American community tank?

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:44 AM   #3
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African and South American cichlids shouldn't be mixed at all. They come from very different environments. Why don't you pick one or the other, then you can decide how to stock your tank. Since you have a few SA fish anyway, why not go with a South American community tank?

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I have 1 south American... And 3 Africans... I just wanna know which I should lean more towered.
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I have 1 SA and 3 Africans... Which should I lean more towards?
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My bumblebee and acei. The bumblebee has gotten an inch bigger than that.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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That's an interesting mix of fish you have. Honestly, I wouldn't look at stocking anything new at this point and rather go back to the drawing board about the type of fish that you want to keep and redesign your stock list with a more compatible mix.

I hope that 8-9 inch pleco isn't the common pleco. Can you confirm the type?
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:21 AM   #7
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Hey!
I've got, in a 60 gallon hex, 3 africans, 1 south American, 1 skirt tetra (hanging on for dear life), 2 corys and 2 picti (?), and a 8-9" pleco.
I want to fill in my tank, because as of right now, I'm only taking up about half my tank space. I was wondering what to buy.
As stated Africans and SA should never be housed together because of the differences in aggression, diet and water needs. What type of fish you should lean towards is none. The current stocking of your tank has no planning an needs to be adressed. Peaceful community fish like the cories and tetra should not be put in with aggressive cichlids, it's just cruel because they will be killed.

Hex tanks are very hard to stock because the have the volume fish need but not the width and depth. Such as the Acei, it is a very active fish and requires a 6' tank minimum. I would rehome all the cichlids, pictus and pleco and get smaller peaceful community fish like more cories, tetra, a rubberlip/bushynose pleco, dwarf groumis.
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As stated Africans and SA should never be housed together because of the differences in aggression, diet and water needs. What type of fish you should lean towards is none. The current stocking of your tank has no planning an needs to be adressed. Peaceful community fish like the cories and tetra should not be put in with aggressive cichlids, it's just cruel because they will be killed.

Hex tanks are very hard to stock because the have the volume fish need but not the width and depth. Such as the Acei, it is a very active fish and requires a 6' tank minimum. I would rehome all the cichlids, pictus and pleco and get smaller peaceful community fish like more cories, tetra, a rubberlip/bushynose pleco, dwarf groumis.
Hey mister!
I've had these fish, all except two of the cichlids, since august of last year! And they all get along fine! I'm not on this thread to be told to take my hardworrk apart!

It started as a tropical community, and I decide to convert to cichlids, the corys are fine, and the tetras almost dead.
So please just answer my question! What cichlids should I buy (don't tell me not to get anything!!)
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The pleco is a traditional pleco.
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Nobody is telling you to take your hard work and tear it apart. But, whether the fish get along or not isn't the issue (well, not at this point). You have several fish that need considerably larger aquariums. A common pleco (if that's what you mean by 'traditional', needs a huge tank, as they can get 2'. Acei are VERY active swimmers, and keeping them in anything less than a 4' tanks is not good, but they really need a 6' tank. The bumblebee needs a 4' tank.

We can certainly recommend fish for that tank, but not until the fish that are in it are upgraded to a bigger, more appropriate sized, tank. Nobody is going to recommend any more fish for the tank you currently have.
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