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Old 02-14-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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New to cichlids

Today I was given a 29 gallon bow front sea clear tank by a co worker I'm not one to pass up a free tank but I was also given 2 cichlids, I know nothing about, can anyone give me and short care description and if anyone can identify these cichlids for me it would be great (I'm also a car guy and don't like not knowing what's under the 'hood' pun intended)
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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pick 2 is a auratus I have one he's mean and ugly lol
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanochromis_auratus

the other one is a red zebra I think I also have 2 they are nice

29 gal tank is on the small side for cichlids
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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The guy that gave them told me they been in that tank 2 years I figured since they're cichlids like angels 10 gallons a piece would be ok what's a good volume per full grown fish?
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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+ 1 to this ^^^

A 29 should not be a permanent home for cichlids reaching over 4+ inches. I have the same tank I believe and am currently using it as a grow out for cichlids

Nice rock work!! I really think your tank would look good if you centered the rocks, ditched the corny fake plants, and added a black background
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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55 is minimum.for.cichlids
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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I'm actually gonna plant it, this is how he has his set up I pick them up in the morning and they'll prolly end up in my 55 planted angel tank till this one gets a good wipe down and planting I was actually thinking about selling the cichlids I'm not familiar with them at all and my angel tank is work enough it may turn in to a planted guppy tank for my daughter if it's ends up being not enough room for the both of them the only reason I took it was cause it was free and came with an eheim canister for a 60 gallon which will end up in the 55 and the hobs I have on the 55 on this one
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That's what I've heard 55 or higher I have 2 pairs of angels in the 55 I have now and I'm not really looking at putting anything else in it besides the 2 new cichlids while the 29 is being planted I think this May turn into a fish give away
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I'm actually gonna plant it, this is how he has his set up I pick them up in the morning and they'll prolly end up in my 55 planted angel tank till this one gets a good wipe down and planting I was actually thinking about selling the cichlids I'm not familiar with them at all and my angel tank is work enough it may turn in to a planted guppy tank for my daughter if it's ends up being not enough room for the both of them the only reason I took it was cause it was free and came with an eheim canister for a 60 gallon which will end up in the 55 and the hobs I have on the 55 on this one

Ahhh I see. The cichlids will probably rip your angels up. I wouldn't put them together. Would love to see this tank transform into a planted tank. I used to have a planted tank before I rescaped mine
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Ahhh I see. The cichlids will probably rip your angels up. I wouldn't put them together. Would love to see this tank transform into a planted tank. I used to have a planted tank before I rescaped mine

I'll post it here prolly Tuesday if valentine weekend don't break me lol (the wife turns it from a day to the whole weekend)
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Lol I know what you mean!!
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