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Old 08-27-2017, 09:45 PM   #1
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My stunning green terror cichlid

Here he is
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:24 PM   #2
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Very healthy boy Rivulatus. I keep two GT's, one is 5 y.o.the other is about 5 months old. Their bad reputations are undeserved. Both mine are in community tanks. Looks like yours lives in a nice spacious tank.
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:55 AM   #3
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How big is your 5 year old? Got any pictures?
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Old 08-28-2017, 10:08 AM   #4
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This guy is a solid 8". Really a good natured fish if that's possible. He is the tank boss, keeping a small group of red terrors and some African cichlids in check. He did kill a full grown Jack Dempsey that he grew up with recently. The JD constantly provoked the GT until he finally had enough. I bought a second GT. I think it is a male. A little too early to tell for sure.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:35 PM   #5
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Very handsome, but for 5 yo isn't he small? Mines pushing 6.5" and is only a bit over a year old
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:14 PM   #6
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I think he has maxed out. He is very thick and proportions look good. I hope he doesn't grow anymore. A 120 gal. Is probably all my wife will go for. Don't believe everything you read about max sizes of fish. Before I bought my red terrors all my research showed max sizes
20" male, 13" female. Too aggressive for community tanks. I held off buying until I discovered a thread from an actual scientist who had done field work in Ecudor studying the Red Terror. His research showed the avg. Wild RT. is 9" long. In short I bought a group of them, found them less aggressive than convicts. Here is a shot of the GT with my largest female RT.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:57 PM   #7
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Yeah it seems your boy has maxed out which if your happy with him that's great and nothing else matters. Hopefully he lives a long and happy life with you.

I would really like a larger gt. Hopefully he reaches a minimum 10" but I am really aiming for 12" as the goal.

Only time will tell ��
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If I recall, the average size for RIvulatus In an aquarium is 6" - 8" inches. But if you give him enough room maybe 10" plus. He sure has a good start. It's amazing that GT's aren't more popular. They look as good or better than most sea fish and they are not expensive. I think mine were about $5 each. Good luck.
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Those are both really nice!
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:42 PM   #10
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Thanks. He has been a fun fish to keep.
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I bet. I would love to have a big tank to play with some South Americans
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:54 PM   #12
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Craigslist or black Friday sale at Petsmart. My 120 gal & stand was $300 new W/warranty. I keep a small group of convicts cichlids and an electric blue Jack dempsey in a 29 gal. They have been together for years. You don't need a huge tank. There are a lot of small South americans suitable for a smaller tank.
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A 75g or a 90g could work.for a solo wetpet as long as they don't get much bigger than 12" or so.
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For me the issue would be divorce proceedings. I am told a "different house" might help. We will see. I love what I have, mts is real
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Beautiful! I love their look, what's the minimum tank size for them? Could I keep one in a community 36g bowfront?
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The RIvulatus Green Terror averages 6"-8" in an aquarium, but has the potential to be 10". Your 36 gal. Would work for a year maybe two but would eventually be too small. My 8" GT spent the first few years of his life in a 65 gal. Community tank with a Jack Dempsy, Bolivian rams, Odessa barbs and a list of others and did just fine. Be sure to start with a juvenile. They are easy to raise and a very active fun fish to watch.
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My GT is just over a year old. I got him at 2.5" in oct 2016 and he is now a solid 6" pushing 7" soon. So keep this in mind.

An adult gt would be good solo in a 75g or larger imo. I would not go any smaller though.
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