is this overstocked?? 55 Gallon Tank 

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Nope, if it were me I would ditch the tiger barbs but that's just me.


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I love TB's though! and I actually have a good group of them.. playful but not aggressive, although I do have a sick/injured one somehow right now (see other thread).

I would love to add one more species but I don't want to overdo it. I thought about kribs, but not a pair because I know they get nasty when they spawn.
 

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Keep the TBs. You are getting close to overstocked, I would not add more than 1 medium sized fish (like four inches). The krib might be all right but defiantly only one and even one can be aggressive. I will let someone with more experience on the kribs make a better call on them. You could just leave it as is, which is what I would most recommend.
 

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Your right on what I would consider the stocking limit now. Like Brian, I would remove the Tiger Barbs. Add a couple more Giant Danios if you want to. I wouldn't add another cichlid as that will create lots of territorial aggression. If you were to try to add another cichlid I wouldn't choose a Krib. It will get beaten up pretty bad by the Firemouths. You would need something with a similar sort of temperament to the Firemouths.
 
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I thought kribs had a reputation for being more nasty than the firemouths? my firemouths are very relaxed.
 

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I really don't think kribs or firemouths are that tough of a fish.

Lots of people say this, many after keeping them in a smaller tank and well that's were most of the problems come from.

I said get rid of the barbs mainly because I just don't like them in cichlid tanks.

If you wanted to add another cichlid I would go with something that is a bit mellow like a Cryptoheros species. Maybe Cryptoheros CutterI or Cryptoheros Sajica would probably work out well with Meeki.


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I love my tiger barbs. everything I have would fall under "semi-aggressive".

maybe a keyhole??
 

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Yes and no.

They would get on ok with firmouths in a big enough tank, but in a smaller one you may not see them much. They will be able to defend themselves but will likely find a hole and hang out there and just defend it. If you found a keyhole around 4" I would say try it, anything smaller I think it would just hide out.


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I would want to get a large one. otherwise I wouldn't buy it.
 

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If it were me I would give it a shot.

Trouble with keyholes is noone keeps them for long as they are shy when young, so you don't come across big ones often. A cool fish once mature though.


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If You Wanted to keep another cichlid Type you could keep :
Keyholes
Rams
Kribs
Jewel

Personally I would say a GBR would be good, iv got them with kribs and they don't pose any problems and they are very colourful.
 
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I really like jewels. just 1 maybe?
 

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Yes, They get to about 5 inch and if you wanted a pair youd have to be careful because like all cichlids they get aggressive when spawning.

You Could Even try a small Red parrot Cichlid they are great fish and very interesting.
 

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If you're already wanting to keep 3 firemouths, I would not suggest adding another cichlid.
 

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Dwarf Chichlids Would Be Fine
And so would the others providing they have enough room to establish their own teratories and their is something to break their line of sight. That's What my LFS said to me and I have 3 sets of chichlids with not issues.
 

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I wouldn't do rams, they are too small and eventhough firemouths are all show they are a bit to always in your face for rams.

Kribs are ok, they would probably work. Too small and goofy for me kinda like a big shellie.


I wouldn't do jewels either as a single fish or as a pair.


That's What my LFS said to me and I have 3 sets of chichlids with not issues.

What is working today may not down the road. That's good it is working for you. With most cichlids it is hit or miss. Just don't be surprised if one day your tank isn't the same as it is now.


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Yeah I suppose
 

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Many firemouths are relatively mild mannered. Mine wasn't. I kept him in a 55 and then a 75 and he was the most aggressive fish I've had. He would have torn any smaller cichlids to shreds.

IMO everything the LFS says should be taken with a grain of salt. They are there to sell fish. If your fish fight and die, they sell more fish. If your fish fight and you rehome them, they sell a tank and/or equipment.
 
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i'm leaning towards either 1 jewel or 2 kribs
 
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