Originally Posted by Mogurako
If your Meeki is only 4" inches after two years then it's incredibly stunted. I have some young Thorichthys sp. "Gold Mixteco" that I've grow from wigglers to 3.5" + in 10 months.
That tank you have is really only suitable for the 1 Meeki and the tetra/pleco. The Jack will out grow that tank, a pair of jacks would be pushing it in a 55gal.
Personally I would ditch the Jack and concentrate on figuring out why the Meeki is so stunted. They really aren't that slow of growers.
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Thanks. Although I don't know how he can be stunted. I feed NLS cichlid twice a day, frozen bloodworms twice a week, and do 50% water changes/gravel vacuum once a week. Could it just be a female or a runt?
The first picture is when I got it. January 2013, about an inch. The second, is from July 2013. It's about 3-3.5 inches at that time, taken right after I upgraded to the 30g. The last pic is from July 2014, in the 40g.
Looking back it seems to have done the majority of its growth in the 20g long, and stopped once I got bigger tanks (which is why I even upgraded in the first place, to not hinder the growth).
Other than me experimenting with finding him a tankmate (which failed, and was mostly in that 20g long) he's spent the majority of his life with a bristlenose pleco and tetras.