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Old 12-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Hey all kinda new to all this, i was loving the cichlids in my local fish shop so I decided to get a tank n start with them I'm so happy with mine that I've decided to get a 200 litre tank for Xmas, I got 2 mbuna a fire mouth cichlid figure of eight puffer n an angel fish 2 sucker fish and a few Snails in a 70 litre tank, the puffers fine in with them as long as he's fed well they been living together for 3 months now and everyone seems to be getting along fine n everyone's happy hears a pic of my tank n the one I got for Xmas , was wondering if I need to add anything or take anything out? And I hear a bigger volume tank is actually easier to maintain?? Thanks pplz x
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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Howdy friend

You have fish for 3 types of water condition living in one tank.

Figure 8 won't live too long in FW captivity. They need brackish water to live for many years.
Cichlid need high ph FW
Angel and maybe suckerfish need lower ph FW.

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Howdy friend

You have fish for 3 types of water condition living in one tank.

Figure 8 won't live too long in FW captivity. They need brackish water to live for many years.
Cichlid need high ph FW
Angel and maybe suckerfish need lower ph FW.

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Thnx for the advice m8 I was told my puffer is fine in fresh water sum puffers need brackish but apparently the figure of 8 can live in freshwater does it stun the life cycle or sumfink then? My ph is 8 for the cichlid same as the African river and my suckers has doubled in size since I've had them my angel fish is showing very healthy signs but would you advise to take the puffer out? My brother in law has a tank with just angels so should I remove that aswell?? Cheers m8 and how did u *** about this information have u kept these types of fish before or just wot U have read in the forums? Much appreciated
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I've kept many puffers and know many people who keeps puffers. A scientist on another forum that I visit would describe "FW compromising the immune system of the figure 8", so it ends up getting sick often during its lifespan in FW. You can only treat a sick fish so many times before it ends up dying.

I only know puffers really well, but kinda know some info on other fishes. Basicially, the FW section of this forum is seperated into
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2. all other freshwater fish
Thats what makes me think

Just do a lot of research about the fishes you already own. You'll figure out what is best for your tank and its inhabitants.
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Good luck. My Africans destroyed and killed my puffer after the LFS said it would be just fine with them. Lasted all of an hour before it was floating.
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Good luck. My Africans destroyed and killed my puffer after the LFS said it would be just fine with them. Lasted all of an hour before it was floating.
Sorry to hear that m8 ye my local pet shop sounds like they will sell u anything to make mny then!!! Il b having a word with them!! I best take my puffer out then thanks guys!!!!
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I've kept many puffers and know many people who keeps puffers. A scientist on another forum that I visit would describe "FW compromising the immune system of the figure 8", so it ends up getting sick often during its lifespan in FW. You can only treat a sick fish so many times before it ends up dying.

I only know puffers really well, but kinda know some info on other fishes. Basicially, the FW section of this forum is seperated into
1. cichlid
2. all other freshwater fish
Thats what makes me think

Just do a lot of research about the fishes you already own. You'll figure out what is best for your tank and its inhabitants.
Thnx ever so much m8 I got a 20 litre tank for snails for food would the puffer b ok in with them and il give my angel fish to my brother in law I did ask my pet store if these fish could live together I gave him all my info on wot size n what fish I have n he said he's been doing fish for 30 years!!!! Fink he needs to go back to the basics or find another career lol thanks for this information il update u soon many thnks
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Hi,

Your F8 Puffer is not fully freshwater. I would rehome it immediately.

You need to seperate your African cichlids and firemouth ASAP. Generally with cichlids you really don't want to mix continents. There's also a big difference between what type of water they want and their aggression levels. It may turn ugly.

I don't think your angel could survive in a tank where there is a possibility of two aggressive species going at each other. I would rehome him and give him to your brother.

What kind of sucker fish are they? Can you post a picture?
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