Texas Cichlid Tank Mates Question?

Discussion in 'Texas Cichlid' started by schmalzy_x0, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Hi everyone! So I'm interested in a Texas cichlid. They are super pretty!! I was looking to add it into my 125 gallon tank eventually but wanted to ask everyone's opinion on the fish. I've heard mixed things about it. Some say they need to be in their own tank and others say they can be with similar size aggression cichlids. I have a Oscar, Jack Dempsey, Green Terror and a Male Convict. I know some may say the convict is too small to be in this tank but he is probably the most aggressive out of all of them lol! I was also thinking of adding maybe a salvini as well. Who here has a Texas and are they in their own tank or what other tank mates do you have with it? Thank you!!
     
  2. Islandvic

    IslandvicWell Known MemberMember

    They get 10"-12" long fully matured, but yes they are an excellent looking fish!

    They should only be kept with other large agressive New World cichlids, which it appears you already have.

    While i dont own them, my friend has started to put together a new world cichlid tank over the past few months. He has 4 Oscar's, JD's, parrot, convicts, pearl, EBA and this week just got (2) Texas Cichlid (1 red & 1 green) .

    He is crazy though, because he is either going to have to re-home some of them, have (2) 125's or get a dang 8ft long tank.

    The Texas probably either needs it's own 60g-75g or once you add it to your 125g, that tank may be close to maxed out, once all the fish are fully matured.

    I'm from Texas and have considered getting a Texas cichlid in it's own tank.

    While looking into them, I found there is a YouTube channel "Your FishKeeper Friend" that has a lot of info on the red and green Texas Cichlids. Also "Palmer Aquatics" channel has some Texas cichlid info.
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Oh wow your friend has a lot of fish lol. I actually do watch Palmer Aquatics all the time! The video on the Texas cichlid is actually what got me very interested in them!
     
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  4. A201

    A201Well Known MemberMember

    I've kept several varieties of Texas Cichlids over the years. IMO the best looking ones are the Carpintis (Green Pearl Scale), although the Cyanos look pretty good too.
    As noted above they do grow big. Only one male per tank.
    Here's a pic of a baby male Carpintis I'm raising and a pic of my 10" unfaded Red Texas Flower Horn. 20190217_101605.jpg20181210_173854.jpg
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Wow they are both gorgeous!!!! If I do get one, I'm only going to get one. When you say one male per tank.. do you mean one male per species or one male for the whole tank? I know my convict is a male and possibly my green terror. My Jack is a female and I have no idea the gender of my Oscar lol.
     
  6. A201

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    One male per species. It's very likely that two Texas males in one tank will eventually fight.
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Okay sounds good!! Ya I would only get one. I think I read in a different thread that one of yours went crazy and is in it's own tank now? Sorry if I am wrong. I have read many stories that all of my fish could go crazy at one point lol. But I know every fish is different. My fish all get along right now. My Jack is the biggest in the tank.. she is almost 5 inches and my convict is just a little bit smaller than that... 4 inches and he is the boss of the tank. So much attitude lol.
     
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  8. A201

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    He is the psycho fish, but I have put a few out of control African Cichlids in his tank and for some unknown reason he leaves them alone.
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Ok well that's good. They are definitely a very beautiful fish. I am very tempted to get one.
     
  10. Dawn Michele

    Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Hello. I didn't know you had an Oscar? How big is he?
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Hi yes I do. He or she is just small right now. About 3 inches I would say. I have a hard time getting a good picture. It will come and greet me and when I put my phone up to tank.. it just looks at me and slowly backs away lol. It has quite a lot of personality already. And has doubled in size since I've got it. Loves food! Here is a picture. I have seen your Oscar!! He is so cool! :)
     

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  12. Dawn Michele

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    He's adorable!!! He will be big before you know it!!! They have the BEST personalities!!! I got Big Boy when he was about 4 inches. He's a little over 12 inches now.
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Thanks!! How long did yours take to get that big? I heard they grow very fast. Also my Oscar has gotten darker in color. Used to be very bright orange with a little bit of black and now it is a dark black with a light black with a little bit of orange lol. Is that normal to change colors like that?
     
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  14. Dawn Michele

    Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    If I remember correctly he grew to about 7 inches in 8 month's. IM going to say maybe it took over a year for him to get a little over 12 inches. I don't think he will grow anymore. He is 5 years old. He is also very thick. Big Boy was very dark when he was younger and then as he got older his orange colors really came out. They do change colors. I didn't mean to take over your thread talking about Oscar's.
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    No worries at all!! Thank you so much for answering! :)
     
  16. Dawn Michele

    Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Your so welcome!!! :)
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    For all you Texas keepers.. is a carpintis the same as a green Texas? Or are they different? I finally have found a Texas in my area.. and it is a carpintis. So I just wanted some info. Size etc. Thanks everyone! :)
     
  18. A201

    A201Well Known MemberMember

    Green Texas, Green Pearl Scale are both Carpintis. They are a little smaller than the standard Texas Cyano, which tops out at around 10".
     
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    schmalzy_x0

    schmalzy_x0Valued MemberMember

    Ok awesome! Thank you!!
     
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