Pic of unknown cichlid

  1. benharmer87 Member Member

    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 Fishlore Legend Member

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

  3. benharmer87 Member Member

    Are they aggressive

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  4. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    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 Member Member

    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 Fishlore VIP Member

    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. :)
     
  7. Fishy Friends Well Known Member Member

    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☺
     

  8. benharmer87 Member Member

    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 Fishlore Legend Member

    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!
     
  10. ricmcc Well Known Member Member

    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
     

  11. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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

    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
     
  13. hampalong Fishlore VIP Member

    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.