Originally Posted by corbear
Hi! I currently live in NC and I'm so glad to be a part of this community. I am very new to the fish world and need tons of advice. Other than a betta here and there, and all the research I've been doing over the last few months, I know absolutely nothing about fish.
I recently bought a 60 gallon freshwater tank with all decorations and equipment + fish (which I didn't really want but they couldn't find a home for them).
The fish included are:
4 Blood Red Parrot Cichlid (ranging 3"-5")
1 Black Convict Cichlid (3")
1 Gold Severum (6")
1 Panda Cory
1 Albino Cory
1 Yoyo Loach
1 (other loach not sure... maybe Black Kuhli?) Adult and 2 small ones that I can't seem to find anywhere
And THREE Common Plecos... 2 about 8" and 1 small one
Oh and my daughter had a couple mixed fruit tetras (after getting them I did read about the dyeing process and decided we will not get more) that we added in the big tank.
Everyone seems to be doing great so far, some little headbutts between the parrots, but I'm wondering if eventually the tetras will be harassed. I would like to get more black skirts, but it just seems there are too many fish as it is.
The Cichlids will most likely kill the smaller fish.
Parrots can be relatively peaceful or nasty depending on which parent they take after. They are hybrids. So Aggressive to Semi Aggressive. But can't always compete due to mouth deformities.
3 Common Plecos are way too much.
Even one will need a bigger tank. They can hit 2'. Rehome at least 2 if you can.
Decide if you want a peaceful tank or an aggressive tank and stock accordingly.
The Cories and Loaches can stay in a peaceful tank, but may get eaten or bullied with current fish.
Or swap out the nice fish and see how large your Cichlids get and whether you'll actually have room for anything else. You may not. One Pleco could stay for now, but I'd add a canister filter as they are poop machines. Cories usually lose eyes in aggressive tanks
The most aggressive fish you own is prob the Convict (??).
Severums can be nice. If I remember right. Semi Aggressive I believe.
But the rule of thumb is, any fish that fits in their mouth may get eaten...that's true of almost all fish.
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