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Old 10-13-2012, 12:18 AM   #1
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Question on mixing fish

I have a tin foil barb that is 5-6 inches. He has outgrown my 40 gallon tank. Would it be ok to put him in my 55 gallon tank of cichlids that are in between 3-4 inch fish? My 55 g tank has 11 cichlids in it. Thanks
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:54 AM   #2
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Your 55 is, or will be overstocked with 11 cichlids when full grown. the tinfoil needs the minimum of a 75. A 6ft tank would be even better.
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Your 55 is, or will be overstocked with 11 cichlids when full grown. the tinfoil needs the minimum of a 75. A 6ft tank would be even better.
It all depends on what cichlids they have?
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I wouldn't do it IMO, just a bad idea and your gonna be overstocked and they get big and carry a huge bio load. Not worth it IMHO. Can you re home it?
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the info. The info I received on a different thread stated that if anything I was under stocked on my 55 g tank. 13-16 was lightly stocked and cichlids it's best stock well. So I guess I'm a little confused. I'm not ready to by a 75 g tank for a 5-6 inch fish at this time. But thanks so much. I will it work out, maybe take it back to the fish store if they will take him back.
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This was in response to stocking my 55 g tank

To answer your question
16-18 lightly stocked
19-21 medium
21-24 heavily stocked
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This was in response to stocking my 55 g tank

To answer your question
16-18 lightly stocked
19-21 medium
21-24 heavily stocked
These numbers would be appropriate a 125 gallon. 11Cichlids, either SA, or Africans that grow to 5-6" will be overstocked in a 55 imo
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These numbers would be appropriate a 125 gallon. 11Cichlids, either SA, or Africans that grow to 5-6" will be overstocked in a 55 imo
11x5=55! Inch per gallon rule lol. I'M JUST KIDDING!
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11x5=55! Inch per gallon rule lol. I'M JUST KIDDING!
I often wonder who came up with that equasion.
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