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Old July 26th 07, 09:49 PM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.cichlids
JustAsking
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Default 30 Gal Freshwater Aquarium + Chiclid Question

Thinking about getting a cichlid. That statement alone probably
conjurs up many questions that you would need to ask, so let's see if
I can explain my situation some, so that I can get some advice from
"the pros".

I'm not sure which chichlid that I would like to get (JD, Tiger Oscar,
etc.) as I think they all look very cool. So far I believe I am
leaning towards getting a Jack Dempsey. On to my questions!

I currently have a 30g freshwater tank. It now has a couple of cory
catfish (1.5" ea), an argentina tetra (2+"), an upside down catfish
(2+"), tiger barb (2) and another small tetra (headlamp I believe)
that's managed to hold his own.

1) Will any of these fish get along in the same tank as the chichlid?
I was thinking that they would all have to be transferred to a
different aquarium (which I would still have to buy), but I was
curious if any of these fish would get along or if they've been in the
tank too long (2 to 3 yrs) with each other and should be all
transferred together?

2) Will this 30g aquarium be good enough for any of the chichlids or
should I consider buying a bigger tank for the chichlid alone?

3) Which chichlid is more interesting/fun/enjoyable (very opinionated
question I'm sure, as well as hard to answer, but I'm anxious to hear
anyone's response!)

4) What are some of the main differences between the Jack Dempsey,
Tiger Oscar?

5) Any experience or comments on the jeweled oscar?

6) Finally, not much time is needed with my current setup to keep it
clean and maintained. Will there be a consider amt of upkeep with the
chichlid?

Thanks!

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Old July 27th 07, 01:11 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.cichlids
Len
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Default 30 Gal Freshwater Aquarium + Chiclid Question

If you get a Jack Dempsey or an Oscar, your other fish will probably become
dinner.
"JustAsking" wrote in message
ups.com...
Thinking about getting a cichlid. That statement alone probably
conjurs up many questions that you would need to ask, so let's see if
I can explain my situation some, so that I can get some advice from
"the pros".

I'm not sure which chichlid that I would like to get (JD, Tiger Oscar,
etc.) as I think they all look very cool. So far I believe I am
leaning towards getting a Jack Dempsey. On to my questions!

I currently have a 30g freshwater tank. It now has a couple of cory
catfish (1.5" ea), an argentina tetra (2+"), an upside down catfish
(2+"), tiger barb (2) and another small tetra (headlamp I believe)
that's managed to hold his own.

1) Will any of these fish get along in the same tank as the chichlid?
I was thinking that they would all have to be transferred to a
different aquarium (which I would still have to buy), but I was
curious if any of these fish would get along or if they've been in the
tank too long (2 to 3 yrs) with each other and should be all
transferred together?

2) Will this 30g aquarium be good enough for any of the chichlids or
should I consider buying a bigger tank for the chichlid alone?

3) Which chichlid is more interesting/fun/enjoyable (very opinionated
question I'm sure, as well as hard to answer, but I'm anxious to hear
anyone's response!)

4) What are some of the main differences between the Jack Dempsey,
Tiger Oscar?

5) Any experience or comments on the jeweled oscar?

6) Finally, not much time is needed with my current setup to keep it
clean and maintained. Will there be a consider amt of upkeep with the
chichlid?

Thanks!



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Old July 27th 07, 08:12 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.cichlids
Richard Phillips
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Default 30 Gal Freshwater Aquarium + Chiclid Question

Len wrote:
If you get a Jack Dempsey or an Oscar, your other fish will probably
become dinner.
"JustAsking" wrote in message
ups.com...
Thinking about getting a cichlid. That statement alone probably
conjurs up many questions that you would need to ask, so let's see if
I can explain my situation some, so that I can get some advice from
"the pros".

I'm not sure which chichlid that I would like to get (JD, Tiger
Oscar, etc.) as I think they all look very cool. So far I believe I
am leaning towards getting a Jack Dempsey. On to my questions!

I currently have a 30g freshwater tank. It now has a couple of cory
catfish (1.5" ea), an argentina tetra (2+"), an upside down catfish
(2+"), tiger barb (2) and another small tetra (headlamp I believe)
that's managed to hold his own.

1) Will any of these fish get along in the same tank as the chichlid?
I was thinking that they would all have to be transferred to a
different aquarium (which I would still have to buy), but I was
curious if any of these fish would get along or if they've been in
the tank too long (2 to 3 yrs) with each other and should be all
transferred together?

2) Will this 30g aquarium be good enough for any of the chichlids or
should I consider buying a bigger tank for the chichlid alone?

3) Which chichlid is more interesting/fun/enjoyable (very opinionated
question I'm sure, as well as hard to answer, but I'm anxious to hear
anyone's response!)

4) What are some of the main differences between the Jack Dempsey,
Tiger Oscar?

5) Any experience or comments on the jeweled oscar?

6) Finally, not much time is needed with my current setup to keep it
clean and maintained. Will there be a consider amt of upkeep with
the chichlid?

Thanks!


As Len said. Plus...

1) Not sure about the catfish, but the tetras and barbs would probably get
beaten to death by the JD, if not eaten first. The Oscar might not do this,
but it has a surprisingly big mouth, even when young.

2) 30g (I assume you mean US gallons?) is nowhere near big enough for either
of these cichlids when adult, especially the Oscar. I reckon you need
around 45-50g for an adult JD, much bigger for an Oscar, perhaps 55-60g.

3) Oscar by far. JDs are quite skittish highly strung fish, hence why they
are so nasty!

4) See these links:
http://www.aquariacentral.com/specie...view_records=1
http://www.aquariacentral.com/specie...view_records=1

5) Never kept one.

6) Depends what you call considerable, but you'll need to do more
maintenance because the bio-load is going to be greater with these fish,
especially the Oscar who is renowned as a messy eater, so causes a lot of
pullution.

Cheers,
R.


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Old July 29th 07, 10:07 PM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.cichlids
Tubecam
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Default 30 Gal Freshwater Aquarium + Chiclid Question

30 gal tank is too small for an Oscar.

"JustAsking" wrote in message
ups.com...
Thinking about getting a cichlid. That statement alone probably
conjurs up many questions that you would need to ask, so let's see if
I can explain my situation some, so that I can get some advice from
"the pros".

I'm not sure which chichlid that I would like to get (JD, Tiger Oscar,
etc.) as I think they all look very cool. So far I believe I am
leaning towards getting a Jack Dempsey. On to my questions!

I currently have a 30g freshwater tank. It now has a couple of cory
catfish (1.5" ea), an argentina tetra (2+"), an upside down catfish
(2+"), tiger barb (2) and another small tetra (headlamp I believe)
that's managed to hold his own.

1) Will any of these fish get along in the same tank as the chichlid?
I was thinking that they would all have to be transferred to a
different aquarium (which I would still have to buy), but I was
curious if any of these fish would get along or if they've been in the
tank too long (2 to 3 yrs) with each other and should be all
transferred together?

2) Will this 30g aquarium be good enough for any of the chichlids or
should I consider buying a bigger tank for the chichlid alone?

3) Which chichlid is more interesting/fun/enjoyable (very opinionated
question I'm sure, as well as hard to answer, but I'm anxious to hear
anyone's response!)

4) What are some of the main differences between the Jack Dempsey,
Tiger Oscar?

5) Any experience or comments on the jeweled oscar?

6) Finally, not much time is needed with my current setup to keep it
clean and maintained. Will there be a consider amt of upkeep with the
chichlid?

Thanks!



 




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