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Old 08-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #11
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Larger cichlids (not including angels or discus) may be too disruptive for plants. Not all but most. Nice of the LFS to steer you away rather than sell you something you may regret later.
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Yea also made suggestions on substrates and fake plants that look real that would accent the fish and set the focus more on them than the plants.


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I would steer away from big cichlids in a 55. It's just too small.

In the end of the day however, it's your tank, so do what you want. I would suggest still planting the tank and doing smaller fish that are more suited for your tank.
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Well the plan is eventually to move to a 400g in a year or so when I get a house just for now I'm in a apartment so what's the growth rate on them?


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Well the plan is eventually to move to a 400g in a year or so when I get a house just for now I'm in a apartment so what's the growth rate on them?


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They grow fairly fast (as most cichlids do). Also, life can get in the way. I would never buy a fish planning on upgrading tanks, sometimes things don't work out.
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True about life luckily hough the only thing holding me back now is my lease on my current apartment. I will keep looking I want 1 or 2 decent sized fish in the 55g at least big for that tank size. I'm not the kind to get a red tail cat and try to keep him in a 55g


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True about life luckily hough the only thing holding me back now is my lease on my current apartment. I will keep looking I want 1 or 2 decent sized fish in the 55g at least big for that tank size. I'm not the kind to get a red tail cat and try to keep him in a 55g


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Sounds like a plan. I wish you the best of luck. 400g is a pretty big leap. Especially $$$ wise.
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Sounds like a plan. I wish you the best of luck. 400g is a pretty big leap. Especially $$$ wise.

Amen to that ($$$$$). That's why I only keep a pair of 20g longs.
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Not really worried about money I can always make more of it


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