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Max miller - 2013-03-23
So i have a cory catfish tank it is a 80 right now and i have cory catfish and just a 3 inch eletric blue jack dempsy and at the pet shop the cichlid that is in the top is just 2 inch big will that be ok? And i have a bunch of hiding spots

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-24
    Cory will more then likely end up getting a lot of harrassment.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-24
    So can i keep them with him or her for a with the corys?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Coryadoras are very peaceful catfish, so if mixing them with cichlids... I'd keep a close eye out. Even though they do occupy different areas of the tank, they can still be at risk.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-26
    So can i keep a tank divider in there like 40 gallons for corys and another for the cichlids
  • max miller - 2013-07-16
    Will they be ok with angelfish in a 50 galllon?
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Jennifer Hurta - 2012-12-29
We have 2 parrot fish, both orange. The smaller one is about 4' and the larger one is about 8'. The bigger one not only picks on the smaller one, but also likes to steal the algae chip away from our 12' plecostomus. It likes to dig holes by moving the gravel with his mouth and if you put your arm in there to fill in the holes, it will ram into your arm. Should I put this fish in a tank of its own?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    How big is the tank?  Is their decor to give them their own space?
  • liz - 2013-07-16
    My blood parrot has become a menace. For 18 months he has lived peacefully with my gouramis, angels and various sharks, loaches, and catfish. About a fortnight ago my gouramis began to die one by one for no apparent reason. When I was down to one gourami, I caught the parrot 'beating' one of the angels. The angel appeared uninjured so I left it, I have always been told that these parrots are defenceless. But the very next day I noticed the parrot nosediving rapidly and repeatedly down behind a peice of bogwood in the tank. Thinking he was trying to get to food stuck down there I went over to investigate. He had the last remaining gourami trapped in there and was beating him to death! The gourami was not yet dead I removed him to an isolation tank but he died soon after. What can I do about the parrot? Having got rid of the gouramis he is now going after the only large fish left, the angels. He has already got one. He headbutted it between the eyes then while it was still stunned it went around and began ramming it in the sides hard enough to shoot it a few inches across the tank. By the time I got there the angel was dead. What is wrong with my parrot? There is plenty of room for everyone and the tank is well planted. He has never shown aggression before.
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Jason D - 2013-07-14
Hi I have a female jag and lately she has been acting strange, she's biting the tank, is this normal? Also she has been swimming around the tank like crazy. She is the only fish in the tank should I get her a tank mate like a boyfriend? lol...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Is she eating normally? Does she ever slow down while swimming? If she is eating normally I wouldn't worry too much about it. Also, unless you plan to breed, I wouldn't add any other fish. They are aggressive and territorial and are a good fish to keep by themselves. If you do want to breed I would add a male who is slightly smaller than your female so she doesn't get beaten up.
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Amy - 2013-07-11
I need help! I have a tank including a foot long (AGRESSIVE) Oscar cichlid, a sucker fish, a large goldfish, and 3 electric yellow cichlids. We were unsure of their genders, but I think there are 2 females and 1 male. We noticed little pellet like things over one of the large rocks and also on the gravel. RIGHT IN THE OSCAR'S AREA OF THE TANK. The yellow cichlids tend to hide in the rocks because of the Oscar so it was hard to get a good look and guess their genders, but two had pouches under their chins while the other didn't... But the other one was smaller! Please give me information on what to do!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    Female Electric Yellow Cichlids lay their eggs and then take them into their mouths where the male will then fertilize them. If you want them to successfully breed, you might want to consider moving the other fish (especially the Oscar) into a separate aquarium. This will reduce the liklihood of your cichlids getting hurt and the fry from being eaten once they hatch and leave their mothers mouth. Read more specific breeding guidelines on Breeding Electric Yellow Cichlids.
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timmah - 2013-07-04
Man, I've been feeding my auratus a whole ton of beefheart. We were like 'hey, what are we going to do with all this beef heart?' And I was like 'yo, let's see if the fish'll eat it'. Bam.. he chowed that thing down. Mmmm mmmmm mmmmm. Loves it.

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Ms. Bell - 2013-06-29
Hello, so I have some questions. 1) I have a 29 gallon tank with a bunch of conduct fry, a 3' marble convict and a 3' salvini. I plan to get rid of most of the fry, will my marbled convict breed with one of my black convict? If so does the marble get a red belly like the female black convict? 2) I believe my salvini is a female, but I am not sure are there any definite ways to tell? 3) I currently have a purple spotted govt in one of my community tanks and I'm wondering if he can holds his own against my cichlids, I was told he can be aggressive and will eat smaller fish. Thanks in advance.

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Rach - 2013-06-21
I three big angelfish, and two are marble male and my female. I also have 3 small angelfish, 2 gouramis, a clown loach, and a 3 to 4 inch pleco in a 36 gallon tank. One of the males and the female I had just gotten 2 weeks ago, and they laid eggs unknowingly, and I do not know anything on angelfish fry.  Above all, these two fish are beating up my other big angelfish that I had through everything. I was going take them back, but now  I do not know long the fry need to be with fiercely guarding parents!

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Edd miller - 2013-06-20
So i have right now a angelfish and cory catfish tank can i add a small electric blue jack Dempsey cichlid and the tank is 45

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    See the social behavior section up above for an idea of how these fish get along with others. I think your other fish will be at risk.
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cichlid man - 2013-06-20
I was at petsmart last week and i was looking and i saw a jack demsy cichlid, the electric. So i have a 45 gallon with 1 angelfish and 3 cory catfish, Can i add a small electric blue jack demise cichlid.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    I suggest you read the 'social behaviors' section up above.... then make your decision:)
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Johnny Jojnson - 2007-02-25
I really love Amphilophus (Cichlasoma) octofasciatum commonly know as the Jack Dempsey. My aquatic hobbyist activities usually focus on Angelfish breeding which can become tedious at times. Many years ago a friend gave me a few Jacks he had raised from fry in his tanks as a diversion from the frustrations of breeding Angelfish.

Wow, these fish are as rewarding and easy to breed fish as Guppies. They have fantastic coloration that changes with their mood. They are large enough to enjoy visually from a across the room or directly in front of the tank. I wish Angelfish had as much coloration. They do tend to lazily hide in the background or other hiding places such as caves but put on a heck of a show at feeding time.

It is important to provide caves if you want to breed them but they are not nearly as fussy about water quality as Angelfish. They do their own tank arranging. They tend to create depressions in the substrate all the way to the bottom of the tank and for this reason I suggest avoiding under gravel filtration. The only down side to keeping Jacks is they are not very live plant friendly and only get along well with a limited number of tank mates.

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  • Pamela - 2013-06-02
    Angelfish is ugly. Buy a flowerhorn, it is the prettiest tropical fish as well as most valuable fish in market. Every one of them has a different pattern and males have a bigger hump, female flowerhorn has a samall or totally no hump. They are very active and fun fish to keep. You can feed it as much as it eats, this fish cannot be over fed. Flowerhorns are very hardy and aggressive fish that can only be kept alone, since you are thinking of buying one fish, i would suggest you to get flowerhorn.
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