Pic of unknown cichlid

  1. benharmer87

    benharmer87 Member Member

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    Ok now. I think it worked. Anyone know what type of fish this is. I was told cichlids but what type?

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  2. Akari_32

    Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

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    That would be a tinfoil barb. No where near related to a Cichlid. They get large and need friends.
     

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    benharmer87 Member Member

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    Are they aggressive

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  4. Coradee

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    They're not aggressive as such but they will take small fish if they can fit them in their mouths.
    They're a shoaling fish so should be kept in groups but they get big, around 7-8 inches & are fast swimmers so need a big tank.
     
  5. FiscCyning

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    Definitely a tinfoil barb and they are considered a semi-aggressive fish. They aren't aggressive like cichlids are, but they aren't suitable for a community tank with small fish or ones that need a more peaceful environment.

    What at size tank is he in and is he the only tinfoil barb? They grow big and need a school, so a large tank is a must.
     
  6. hampalong

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    If it has two black lines in its tail its a tinfoil (Barbonymus schwanenfeldi), which grow to 14"+. If it hasn't, its a 'red-tailed tinfoil', B. altus, which 'only' grow to about 10", but are still big powerful fish which need a huge tank (200+ gallons) and need to be kept in groups. So unless you have a 200+ tank I wouldnt consider keeping it. :)
     
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    If I remember correctly you have inherited him & a pleco from a tank you purchased? 55?

    How large is he now? Sounds like you will need to find him a home or upgrade soon☺
     
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    It's a red tailed tinfoil. Yeah don't want it but don't know how to get rid of him.

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    He's in a 55 gal by himself and one cory catfish

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    Yes he's in a 55g tank and I got him with it. He's about 4-5". I'm planning on getting rid of him

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  9. Akari_32

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    I think that would be your best choice. Contact local public aquarium and see if they have a school they'd be willing to add one more to. Or post an ad on craigslist and see of anyone has a school, and room for one more. You'd be surprised about the set ups people can have!
     
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    I fully agree with Coradee that there is an extreme difference between aggression and normal feeding behaviour.
    Let me put it like this: if you enjoy steak, and employ the correct cutlery, you are a Lady or a Gent.
    If you sneak into farms at night and attempt to beat cattle about the head, you are either brave or in need of a course in anger management:) If you attempt to beat a bull about the head, you are what specialists refer to as dead.-------------rick
     

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    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    I do like your analogies Rick :clapping:
     
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    ricmcc Well Known Member Member

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    Thank You, but not nearly so much, I assume, as I enjoyed watching the " Hand of God " side go down in the WC final, my having hoped for the English side; I have heard it said, however, that given the young English talent, that and perhaps altering of game plan tactics, they may well become a coming threat not only in the Euros, but perhaps as soon as 2018:)
    Now, Just how to tie this into fish; well, Germany won this year, and the Prussian Carp is a close relative of the Goldfish, or at least knows a friend of a friend, so this post is football, sorry, fish oriented-luv ya Ma'ma, rick, the founder and to date, sole (oi, there's a fish) of the Bolton Wanderers Fan club, Canadian Division
     
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    Germany won the World Cup by copying the English game. The difference is they know how to do that, we don't.

    Sorry but it was already off-topic. :)

    My first ever tinfoil decimated my tank as it grew. They're not aggressive fish, just very hungry, and very fast, which a lot of small fish don't approve of.
     

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