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Postby 1stporker » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:38 pm

hi all
i have just been given my 1st tropical tank (i've kept goldfish before)

i have 4 black mollies about an inch long and a baby (about 1 1/2cm
a clown loach (1 1/2 in)
2bristlenosed catfish males
a plecy
a red tail shark
and a silver shark

its a 3 ft tank that was already established

prob is my catfish seem to be fighting is this normal :roll:
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Postby Angel Fish » Wed Aug 22, 2007 6:37 pm

Firstly, welcome to TTT :mrgreen:

Secondly, Ouch :shock: I'm sorry to say that you have a really bad combination of fish there.

You will need to find new homes for the :

Clown Loach - Grows much too big for a 3' tank and prefer to live in groups.
Silver Shark - The same as the Clown Loach.
Plec - You need to find out the species, a Common Plec will quickly outgrow the tank.

Red Tailed Shark - These fish are territorial and will attack any fish that is of a similar shape, (Silver Shark/Clown Loach)
The tank size is ok for an RTBS, but it's tankmates are causing problems.

Keep an eye on the Bristlies too, in a small tank, two males could become territorial and fight.
All the advice I give is based on my own personal 30 years of experience.
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Postby 1stporker » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:49 pm

thank u for the welcome angel fish

oops my tank doesn't sound good then
i was considering a second bigger tank now i have one so looks like all consideration is over and i will be getting a 2nd tank very quickly

is that your rottie in dp i have 1 as well
thanks maree
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Postby JBC223456 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:51 pm

What size tank are you getting? Are you planning to rehome the clown, plec, and shark in there? If so, you are going to be looking for atleast a 7' aquarium. :wink:
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Postby Angel Fish » Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:22 pm

Yes, that was my Rottie, Dylan. sadly we lost him in March.

Good news on the bigger tank - I have to agree with JBC, if you intend keeping the Silver Shark and Cloach, a 7 foot tank is the way to go :wink:
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Postby chaoz » Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:48 am

oo deffo rehome the plec il show you a pic of mine

cant keep any other sharks with a red tailed black shark highly terrortorial/aggresive with there own/similar species as the mature aslo they like aplace to hide (cave etc)
pics of rtbs and plec >>> http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa243/chaoz_r/
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Postby chaoz » Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:15 pm

is it your catfish and plec thats fighting?
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Postby 1stporker » Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:45 pm

thanks for all the replies

its def a common plec have researched this site

and no it is 2 bristlenosed catfish that are fighting prob solved there a friend has 1 in her tank now

silver shark has also been rehomed to a 6 ft tank at a friends

:idea: looking to get 2 four ft tanks within the coming weeks to seperate some fish and maybe add as well :idea:

please tell me this is better :)
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Postby markee » Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:56 pm

This is better :wink: :lol:
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