Should I rehome my SRT?

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So I know i've asked questions about my super red texas on here, but I am contemplating rehoming her. I think she's grown a little bit since I got her, but I can't be sure since I see her everyday. A friend told me she looked bigger when she came by one day and said I needed a bigger tank (currently have a 55). Well, that got me thinking, because I don't want to have to get a bigger tank if I can help it, should I rehome her? Or maybe take the parrots out so she can pretty much have the tank to herself? The parrots have also been 'charging' her (not constant, but I watched them do it a few times yesterday), and she fends them off, but I don't want the stress of the parrots to hurt her in any way. I really do like her, and I was told I could keep her in my 55 when I got her from my LFS, but i'm not sure what to do. Any advice?

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Unless this Texas cichlid doesn't get close to full size you should probably rehome it if you don't want to increase the tank size. Texas cichlids get to 12" long and your tank is only 13" deep. If there are any ornaments or plants the way it could become difficult for it to turn around.

good luck with what you decide
 
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She won't get that big, my LFS guaranteed me she'll only grow a little bit, maybe 8'' max. I need to try to measure her now so I can keep track of how big she gets
 

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Your LFS is wrong on the size it can grow to. I would expect at least 12" or more as the parent fish for the breed all reach at least that size or larger.
 
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slayer5590 said:
Your LFS is wrong on the size it can grow to. I would expect at least 12" or more as the parent fish for the breed all reach at least that size or larger.
Well I guess for now then, i'm going to rehome my parrots & see if she gets any bigger than she is. I really don't want to have to rehome her, but I will if I have to if she gets bigger. I don't think it's fair to her to make her share the tank with the parrots, so for now she will be in there with some tetras, a rainbow shark and a pleco.
 

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Greener907 said:
She won't get that big, my LFS guaranteed me she'll only grow a little bit, maybe 8'' max. I need to try to measure her now so I can keep track of how big she gets
I'm not sure how your LFS can guarantee that. Unless it's not a Texas cichlid I don't see how they can make that claim.

Good luck though
 
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I am torn on what to do about my tank situation. Idk weather to rehome the Texas and just have the BPs & tetras, or rehome all 3. Any help is appreciated. I obviously want to do what is best for the animals, even if my husband will kill me for wanting to take her back lol. If I rehomed the Texas, could I still keep the BPs in that size tank? I'm also not opposed to doing a friendlier tank..with Rams and tetras.

 
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I've decided to leave the texas by herself and take the BP's back to my LFS. I think she deserves to stay in one place, and if she's ok in a 55, then I want to keep her. If she doesn't seem to go after the tetras once the BP's are out of there, could I add more? I used the aqadvisor thing and it didn't say I would be overstocked if I added 4 more tetras. Or any idea of something I could add that has a small bioload but could add to the visual in the tank?
 

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You could keep blood parrots in a 55. SRTs is not advisable unless you're going to upgrade your tank size at some point. A fish that is likely to get a foot long is not going to be happy in a 4' long tank. But hope it works out for you
 
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Granamyr said:
You could keep blood parrots in a 55. SRTs is not advisable unless you're going to upgrade your tank size at some point. A fish that is likely to get a foot long is not going to be happy in a 4' long tank. But hope it works out for you
I've done a lot of research and from what I've found I could keep my SRT in a 55 if she was the only fish. Obviously if she got that big I would look at getting a bigger tank or rehoming her..but until she's over 8", I personally think she's fine in a 55. And it's better than the little 2X2 square she would be in at my LFS until someone else took her home, and who knows what their tank situation is..could be bigger, could be smaller. I think she is happy in the tank she's in and has come out of her shell since I brought her home. I would hate to move her from where she is because I think it would take her even longer at her next home (if she left the FS) to not be so shy & skiddish. I plugged everything into Aqadvisor, and I know this is not something people should follow to a T but, with her, 12 tetras, my shark & pleco, I was not overstocked. I have decided I would like to give the RT the tank and take the BPs back. I like the BPs but the RT means more to me.
 

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