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    Fish keeping is my hobby. I rent my house, and we're not allowed to have dogs, or I would have a Springer Spaniel. Cats are allowed, but neither me or my girlfriend like them enough to have them as pets. Besides, our next door neighbor has 5 that come over and visit all the time. That's good enough.

    I have 2 African Cichlid tanks. One 75 gallon, and one 55 gallon.

    Here's a few of my pics of these beautiful creatures:

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    NIIIICE tanks, dude. I've been a fish lover since high school. I'd rather watch fish swim that eat seafood. YUK. Bought my first 55 gal. in college. Like a dumbass I set up a marine tank in the dorms and had to dump the bastard after spring semester. Currently i'm rocking three tanks. 2 55s and a 20 long.

    tank 1
    3 year old Green Terror, Missouri Bluegill, Huge silver catfish, a yellow johanni and a pleco

    tank 2
    5 year old jack dempsey, 2 year old Red terror, pleco

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    guppy herem to feed the hatchling Red Eared Slider turtle.


    I'll have a marine tank again one of these days.... oh yes.
     
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    I used to have a bunch of Cichlids until they started attacking my Pleco. The Cichlids were taken back to the pet store and the gf replaced them with some other fish that weren't so aggressive (no clue what they are). I also have a JRT and we used to have a rat (which passed away much to the delight of the dog).

    When I have the time I'm gonna get a real mean saltwater tank :thup: And an Octopus someday too :thup:
     
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    Ive always wanted a cowfish... and a stingray. but mostly a cowfish

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    Yeah, I had a pleco in both my tanks and my Africans killed them.

    It depends on the species of African, on whether or not you can house a pleco with them. Most Mbuna will probably kill them, as they're the most aggressive. Haps and Peacocks are very tame and friendly, and probably wouldn't care less about a pleco living among them. Both my tanks are Rift Lake Mbuna tanks though. I haven't done a Hap/Peacock tank yet.

    You really don't even need a pleco in a cichlid tank anyway. Cichlids will graze and eat nearly the amount of algae that a pleco would.

    As far as salt tanks, I would LOOOOOVE to do a reef tank. I've always wanted a sea horse. But I have no more room (or so the old lady says) for any more tanks in my house, so I'd have to nix one of my african tanks. I would never be able to bring myself to do that though.
     
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    Let me see some pics bro!
     
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    i've never had a problem with my plecos in cichlid tanks. I have two right now that are damn near a foot long in each of the 55 gal. tanks.

    the only thing that would temp me into putting up another freshwater tank at this point would be getting a hold of some Red Severums.
     
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    I gotta admit, those tank-mates are odd. If they get along together in those tanks, more power to you!

    The lack of aggression towards the plecos may be because of the low number of inhabitants in the tanks. The dempsey and the terrors may not feel as threatened, since they are only among 1 or 2 other tank-mates.

    I could be wrong. I'm still learning compatibility.
     
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    yea, i've noticed that some guidelines on aggressiveness in tank mates are not set in stone. Some fish have different temperaments like any other animal. Truthfully, I was more surprised that the bluegill and the green terror get along. I was also waiting for the yellow johanni to be eaten by the green terror but, if anything, he's more aggressive. The Jack does dominate the red terror because of a size difference but, for the most part, i've not seen any of them give the slightest interest in the plecos.. Hell, I've been trying to find a place to give em away to since they eat sinking shrimp pellets meant for my catfish and produce the most waste out of each tank.

    yea, it's a strange combo though.. I have a habit of snagging fry out of local lakes and creaks every spring. Bluegill, sunfish, catfish and darters are nice additions to my cichlid tanks.
     
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    We have plecos in with the ciclids, too. Haven't had any problem and they keep the tank clean.
     

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