Update!! :D

Discussion in 'Members Fish Tanks' started by ilovemynewfish, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    Hi everyone, just wanted to update you on the progress of my new babies! They are doing great! Tank is full and finally clear! They are not showing signs of stress anymore. And.... a new fish store opened up literally at the bottom of my street...fate?! I went in to ask the guy for some advice and just to look around. I wanted to get a totally aquatic frog (SO CUTE!!) but he said the B.A tetras might be too big for a frog, since his hands and feet are so little. Also, I was talking to a guy at my work who used to have eight tanks, and has a ton of decorations he doesn't need. They have driftwood to hid behind right now, but I want to get a cave or something like that. Live plants will be coming soon! Anyways, while at the fish store, I was inquiring about what fish would get along with what I have. He said adding a scavenger is a good idea, because it's something different, and can be helpful as well! So I got my new little guy!!!! I totally forget the name, but it will come to me! The guy had a certain type of this fish that was HUGE and literally sucking in SO much gravel and spitting it all out! Mine is a smaller type of this. Once I remember the name I will let you know. Not a catfish! He is really enjoying the gravel, it's amazing how much he fits in his mouth and spits back out! I can't stop watching him. They are all getting along great! When I first put him in, all nine other fish swam up to him, got a good look, and went back to minding their own business. He seemed scared at first (fins back, staying by the glass) but now seems relaxed and happy and sucking his gravel!!! I am SO obsessed with my new hobby!!

  2. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    Sounds like you're having fun!! Cool! Let us know what it is you got. A pleco/plecostamus (sp?), maybe?

  3. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    I'll take a picture of him later and show you guys! I don't think that's what he was called..the guy gave me a scientific name though, so maybe that was it. He said if I forget I can come in any time and ask and I thought that was a weird thing to say but apparently not! I should have written it down. Huge bottom lip, spiny fins. He said as the fish develops he will get blue spots. He's the same size as the B.A tetras and shouldn't get too much bigger!! Question: It's about a 40 gallon tank, with 4B.A tetras, 4 neon tetras, 1 siamese algae eater, and this new guy (same size as the BAs!) How many more fish could I put in there with them? There was many beautiful tiny tetras at this store, and I would like to add to it! Thanks!

  4. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    He is some type of eartheater! From the pictures I'm looking up! :) Satanoperca jurupari
  5. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    Something of the sort anyways. I'll right it down next time I go in. The storekeeper said he would stay small, although there were massssive ones in the store.
  6. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    or satanoperca leucosticta!! They look very similar!
  7. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    Also, just to let everyone know! When I first got the neon tetras, they weren't showing any blue/green strip at all. Just pale with red/orange tails. They were like that even before moving them. However, yesterday, they were glowing so bright!! Healthy looking blue/orange colour!!! Does this mean they are getting healthy?
  8. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    The fish you mentioned are earth-eating cichlids. According to what I've seen online, they get 9.4" - 10", and it is recommended that they be kept in a huge tank - like 6 to 7 feet. I'm not a cichlid expert, but there are plenty on FishLore. I think your new guy is going to wind up eating the other fish when he begins to grow. Either species you mentioned is supposed to be peaceful, but peaceful at 9" or more can still be a problem for anything smaller than it. Wonder why he sold you a cichlid for a tetra tank? If you want bottom feeders, there are catfish, and loaches, and such, that won't get near as big.

    P.S. Just found this online: Satanoperca means “Satan’s Perch”!!
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  9. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    I saw big ones at the store, and the storekeeper said this one won't get bigger than he is now. I could be wrong on the type of earth eater he is. I'll go back to the store and double check the name!!
  10. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    And maybe is isn't even a cichlid! I'll take a picture!
  11. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    He gave me the scientific name and told me I'd probably forget it! So sorry!
  12. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    That's OK. I'm just hoping that they didn't give you a potentially ginormous fish when you weren't expecting it. Will wait for more updates.
  13. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    I hope so too! Starting to get worried! My boyfriend has a spare tank though, another 35-40 gallon or so (haven't done measurements). I told him he's not allowed to throw it out because I am so addicted! But this is a good back up plan if he is indeed going to get bigger! At least a temporary plan...
    I'll let you know what I find out, tomorrow probably! He is a really nice fish though. Did some gravel vacuuming today and he is not scared at all (a little nerve wracking because I don't want him to get close to the vacuum). But fun to see how curious he is!
  14. ilovemynewfishNew MemberMember

    Here is the picture MotherMajesty!
  15. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    Very handsome!

    I've been looking at info on earth eating cichlids, and found this general info on   : The Eartheater cichlids have mostly all come from the Geophagus genus (in Latin, Geo-meaning "earth" and -phagus meaning "eating") but some have been since reclassified into related genera like Satanoperca and Gymnogeophagus. They can range from three to twelve inches in length though most are around six to seven inches.

    Then there is this list:  

    I had no idea there were so many species of earth eaters. And as your fish is young yet, he might not have his adult coloring yet, either, making it harder to ID. You could post the picture on the forum here under fish ID help and see if some of our cichlid specialists can give you more precise info. Good luck, and let me know how it turns out!

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