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A problem with tankmates

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by jaymekelley, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. OrionGirl

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    Plecos do not eat poop. There are some that need algae, some that need meaty foods--but none that will survive without supplemental feeding. Most all of them will produce massive amounts of waste, as well.

    I would not advise adding any more fish to your tank until you remove the inhabitants you aren't keeping.
     
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    Hey, the jack Dempsey's aren't African, if I remember right, right? My husband is wanting to trade the Africans for ps4 games for the kids, but that means I get to keep the sa/cas
     
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    Just make your life easy and get rid of the 3 African cichlids. The Ropefish and Peacock eel will be fine with the Jack Dempseys and Convicts. I have kept these combos before. and i currently have 11 tanks of SA/CA cichlids - about to be 12, plus 30 years experience. Don't waste your life keeping African cichlids lol

    Your best bet for feeding Plecos is slice a small zucchini in half and rubberband it to a small rock and sink it in the tank. Other fish will eat it as well.
     
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    Okay, that's what hubby decided to do anyway. I didn't argue when he told me. He's really only concerned about the convict, and I suggested we let all of the other ones be sold and just keep her, the ropefish, the peacock, and maybe get a male convict to keep with her. But I think he wants to put my dragon fish (2) in there. I think there's enough tank space, but they are needing to go brackish, so I'm trying to explain to him that that won't work long-term in a freshwater tank.
     
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    no, just keep the Convict female alone and the 2 Jack Dempseys will be enough of a handful. They will get too big for the tank eventually, but it will take years to happen. You DON'T want a pair of Convicts.....they will over-run the entire tank and kill everything that comes near them. ONE CONVICT LOLOLOL, no pairs.

    So let me get this straight - you will be keeping 5 fish total?
     
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    We kept one jack Dempsey, and the convict. The tank is MUCH more peaceful. But I think something is wrong with Ace. Is it normal for him to float like this? I think he's dying... Been doing water changes and stuff, he was even more active once we got the other fish out of there yesterday... He usually let's us pet him some, but when I pet him he doesn't swim around my wrist today... I picked him up some and he just slid downwards out of my hand and floated back up... His fins are fluttering but not much, thought he was sleeping at first but now I'm not sure... I added another bubbler to the tank, maybe too much oxygen? Is that possible?

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    Oh, and we kept the peacock and the rope fish, of course. And the pleco.
     
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    That is definitely not good. You need to do a water change immediately.
     
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    That was my though, also, because I forgot to change the water yesterday, so I changed it, but he didn't perk up and now I'm pretty sure he's dead. I don't understand, none of the other fish are showing any symptoms of a problem, even these stupid feeder fish are still sticking around and fine, figured they would have shorter lives?
     
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    I was kind of looking at his body, and he had a weird dry patch on his tail. Maybe he was sick? I just added some of that aquarium salt to the tank when the other fish left, wouldn't that have helped to heal any skin problem? Note: I just picked him up and he's not read, but def having issues
     

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