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Old 11-26-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hey everybody. I decided I have lurked enough and decided to join the forum.

I am just getting (back) into fishkeeping after a long hiatus. I have a 1 year old son who loves watching fish so I decided to buy a used setup from craigslist. I was initially going to sterilize the whole setup and start from scratch, but once I saw the fish that came with the tank, I couldn't toss them. So now I have a bit of a problem

I bought a running setup from a college student who was moving. The setup is as follows:

20 Gallon tank w/stand
HOB filterpump
heater w/thermostat
gravel sub with big seashells and conch shells
2, Electric Yellow Cichlids
1, Suckermouth Catfish.

I just got the tank last night with the fish. I know there is WAY too much fish in the tank but I cannot afford a larger tank. The cichlids are 3-5" with one being larger than the other and the catfish has got to be close to 7-8". I would never have put this much fish in such a small tank, but it all came together.

The girl I bought the aquarium and fish from said she has had these fish for 3 years and the roommate she bought them from had these same fish for 5 years.

I don't want to kill these fish, but I don't really know what to do with them.

I heard once a few years ago that a fish will not out grow its tank...is this true? Do I (as i suspect) have way too much fish for my tank?


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