55 gallon SA Cichlid tank.

Vip3r2012

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All,

So i'm working on fixing some water issues that killed 2 out of 7 fish and once this is resolved i'd like to add more to my tank. The tank information and fish left are as follows:

Tank size: 55 gallon
Fish in aquarium:
1 Tiger Oscar (4-5" long)
1 Jack Dempsy (4-5" long)
1 Texas (4-5" long)
1 Red Devil (4-5" long)
1 Black Convict (2" long)
Filtration: 2 70's (300 GPH each; 600 gph total)

So some questions to go with this are:

Am I currently overstocked? yes or no
If no: how many more fish can I add?
what other types of fish would get along with these species?

If yes: what should I do? (I don't have another tank to add the fish to)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


 

tyguy7760

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Wow. I think you are headed for some major issues eventually.

The oscar needs about a 90 gallon tank minimum. It's also probably the most peaceful cichlid you've got. The dempsey and convict is somewhere in the middle (convicts usually are very aggressive in pairs but pretty decent singly). The texas and devil are downright nasty. These fish are all heavy waste producers as well. They are all juveniles right now so you are probably getting by but once these guys get a little more size on them you are going to have some injured or dead fish I believe.

If it were me I'd do a dempsey and the convict or just the texas or just the red devil long term with some dither/target fish as well as some bottom dwellers.
 
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At what size do you think these guys will become an issue? Just want to guage how long I have until that day occurs.

What are dither/target fish? I like the cichlids because of the colors and such.

What bottom dwellers would you recommend that won't get eaten?
 

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dithers/targets would be some sort of large bodied tetra like lemons, diamonds, skirts, buenos aires, serpaes, etc

safe bottom dwellers I think would be some of the larger cories like brochis or aeneus. Another option would be some of the larger catfish like porthole cats, hoplo cats, or some of the medium sized synodontis like a couple featherfins or multipunctatus.

As far as when you may start seeing issues it's just a guess. I'm kind of surprised you haven't had any aggression yet. But eventually the middle three you have listed will start to clash when they run out of territory. The oscar could too. I would guess the convict will probably stay out of the way and hide or be picked on as it is the smallest. I wouldn't think you have a whole bunch of time before you'll need to reassess.
 

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Giant danios or rainbowfish are other dither fish alternatives, although they're from different regions of the world than your cichlids, if that bothers you. Rainbowfish would add some of the color you like!
 

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