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Old 11-10-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question Catfish to mix with new world cichlids???

Hey I would like to add a catfish to my 55 gallon aquarium populated with a stunted green terror, juvenile electric blue jack dmepsey, juvenile blue acara, juvenile fire mouth and juvenile pink convict.
I was considering a pictus cat but I would rather keep my aquarium theme of new world fish. Anyone have a suggestion for a catfish that is native to America that won't out grow a 55 gallon?? or eat my cichlids
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aside from pictus cats, is there any particular group of catfish you are interested in? As there are a lot of catfish native to the americas, since the catfish family is one of the most diverse families in South American.
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Something relatively small but otherwise I don't have any preference. I'm looking for suggestions.
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if the fish you have listed are not aggressive adults, and that there are rocks/wood for the cats to go for shelter. Then I think things like raphael cats, halo cats, certain types of plecos would work. Though I would have a backup plan in the event your fish is overtly aggressive.
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I am testing their aggression towards non cichlid tank mates, I added a goldfish and so far after about 4 days the goldfish is thriving.
Some of my current fish are a bit small to add a catfish at this point. At the moment I'm fishing for suggestions.
I kept a common pleco with a red devil years ago(only fish in the tank) and after one confrontation that almost killed the red devil it steered clear of the pleco.
I was hoping for a more traditional kind of catfish, I'd like to steer clear of sucker types. I am aware there are some very fancy plecos. Not to mention I thought plecos grow quite large?
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I'd say do some research on fancy plecos, they get really addicting once you find out that there are so many! Check out http://plecoplanet.com/ and click on profiles.
Some grow as big as 3-4inches. I'm sure they'll be fine with the cichlids. you can read up all about them and their compatibility on that site.
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common plecos arent that aggressive, but they do tend to flail around if something is pestering it. So that might be where the damage came. As for size, since "pleco" is one of the most diverse families of fish in the category of catfish, they vary a lot in terms of look, aggression, diet, and size (ranging from as small as 2" to as large as 20"+).

Have you looked at catfish similar to raphael or haplo cats?
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common plecos arent that aggressive, but they do tend to flail around if something is pestering it. So that might be where the damage came. As for size, since "pleco" is one of the most diverse families of fish in the category of catfish, they vary a lot in terms of look, aggression, diet, and size (ranging from as small as 2" to as large as 20"+).

Have you looked at catfish similar to raphael or haplo cats?
My assumption was that the red devil tried to attack the pleco and the pleco started thrashing and hit the red devil with its spines.

I will look into raphaels and haplo cats.
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Something relatively small but otherwise I don't have any preference. I'm looking for suggestions.
I have Hoplo thoracatum available they are presently 2 inch fry but will grow to about 6 inches. Very peaceful and not aggressive.
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