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Old 08-11-2012, 02:48 AM   #1
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Hi All,

currently i have a 200 L 4 foot tank set up for the last 6 weeks and received the following fish from a relative to get me started

1x green texas male
1x maingano male
1x red empress female
1x electric yellow male
1x blue mbuna pair

along with a pair of bristlenose plecos so i have plenty of room to fill for this tank.

was wondering what i should do whether it would be idea to make the pairs fill up and possibly get other cichlids that would fit into the tank or just make communities out of all the fish that i already have.

any help i can get would be greatly appreciated
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Welcome to the forum,

I'd remove the Herichthys cyanoguttatus since its more than likley to kill every fish in that tank then build your stock around the other old world fish.

Most rift lake fish don't form pairs, they are harem breeders meaning the male will spawn with every other mouthbrooder wether or not they're from the same genus. So when stocking cichlids from Lake Malawi its a good idea to stock the females at 3-5 times the ratio of males to ease aggression towards the ladies.
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thanks for that the Herichthys cyanoguttatus does its own thing sitting in the back corner not doing anything to the other fish so unless he becomes a hassle ill keep him in there.

i'm heading into a couple LFS to see what they have on offer and see what i can get as well
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thanks for that the Herichthys cyanoguttatus does its own thing sitting in the back corner not doing anything to the other fish so unless he becomes a hassle ill keep him in there.

i'm heading into a couple LFS to see what they have on offer and see what i can get as well
As the Texas and the others get bigger you will have problems. How big are they now? plus I thought a Texas had to have a tank along the lines of 75 gallons/284Litters or bigger because they get so big. But I'm no expert on that type of fish so ill let Hukit make a comment on that.
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As the Texas and the others get bigger you will have problems.plus I thought a Texas had to have a tank along the lines of 75 gallons/284Litters or bigger because they get so big..
Like the state Texas cichlids are large and nasty and will violently defend a territory up to 4ft. So do what you will with your tank but I can assure you that you'll wake up to a tank full of dead mbuna cichlids when that boy matures. There are always expceptions to the rules but there are some fish that follow the rules to the letter and Herichthys cyanoguttatus are one of those fish.
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I thought texas cichlids only got up to 5-6 inches? Do they really get so mean? Is there a difference between a green texas cichlid and just a texas cichlid? I was looking at some today because I liked the way they look plus they are only $2.99
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I thought texas cichlids only got up to 5-6 inches? Do they really get so mean? Is there a difference between a green texas cichlid and just a texas cichlid? I was looking at some today because I liked the way they look plus they are only $2.99
No they'll hit the 12" mark easily, and after 4-5" is when they start to mature...and that's when the fun starts.
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Are there any tankmates that can go with them? I like them but not at 12inches. Id hate to lose a finger lol
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Are there any tankmates that can go with them? I like them but not at 12inches. Id hate to lose a finger lol
Sure other large aggressive new world cichlids that can fend off a aggressive fish. These types of cichlids are a balancing act, they need tank mates that can handle them and not hyper aggressive cichlids that they are killed.
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at the moment the texas is about 20cm maybe bigger he did knock off a convict at my uncles before i got him a while back the other cichlids are all around 10 - 15 cm so they are mature
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Just another question, why are they called new world cichlids?
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Because the old ones was here first. My best answer I can't remember Hukit probably knows
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Because the old ones was here first. My best answer I can't remember Hukit probably knows
The Americas were called the New World when they were discovered but Africa is part of the Old World.
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The Americas were called the New World when they were discovered but Africa is part of the Old World.
Old world was founded first I thought?
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Your correct, which is why the Americas were names the new world.
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Old world was founded first I thought?
Lake Malawi is one of the oldest lakes in the world. The fish from there were discovered before central and south American cichlids.
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Lake Malawi is one of the oldest lakes in the world. The fish from there were discovered before central and south American cichlids.
It's coming back to me now. I better break out the books again andfresh in up lol
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Thanks everyone for the knowledge lol. I currently have an oscar and a fire mouth and am upgradeing to a 75g or 90g, maybe even a 125g if I can talk the wife into it. Would I be able to have a texas cichlid with them.
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Thanks everyone for the knowledge lol. I currently have an oscar and a fire mouth and am upgradeing to a 75g or 90g, maybe even a 125g if I can talk the wife into it. Would I be able to have a texas cichlid with them.
I think we've hijacked this thread long enough, I'd recommend to start a new one with your specific details and question.
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Yes you are right! Sorry to the mods AND the op.
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