Originally Posted by charliebankston
Sounds gorgeous. Fun project. I can't believe the pleco and cichlids don't eat the fry, haha! Funny. Good luck with it!
I couldn't believe it either. I'd even selected particularly small females as I know the mouth of those hybrid parrot fish is small and rather distorted.
The only explanation I can find are anecdotes that some varieties of cichlids in the wild seek out areas with numerous and much smaller fish as it makes them feel secure from predators. They may eat some but mainly foray outside the area for food. Supposedly this behavior can carry over for some varieties when in captivity especially for adults who have never eaten live fish but are happy with their diet. I've fed them only very high quality cichlid pellets since they were new and they seem to have thrived on it for over three years.
I intend to turn the former guppy tank into a daphnia for use in the big community tank.
BTW, I got three complete 160-gallon setups from an auction at a state-owned veteran's home for $30--seriously--a couple years ago. Sold one setup after removing some select aquascaping items for $300. All of the uv
canister filters and underwater circulators are Aquatop and while some things weren't working the one tank I'm using has a fabulous setup with very high quality components.
My aquarium hobby that began in childhood went by the wayside when I burned myself out in the 80s (me in my late 20s) when I had 25+ aquariums in a small apartment and realized nearly all of my spare time and money went to the fish.
It only resumed a few years ago when I rented to an independent aquarium shop and resurrected the 75-gallon that was my largest and sole salt water to turn it to a very low-maintenance cichlid tank.
The bug for a nice community tank (still my favorite if the most difficult to maintain) bit so I'm now set on one very large true community tank that is not terribly maintenance intensive due to reasonably non-finicky but highly diverse inhabitants of both water and land.