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" Its long message but a good note for any FISH LOVER. So for 1 1/2 yrs I have had a 55 gal. tank with a green spotted puffer that lives with mostly chiclids 9. Which are not real agressive ,but can be when food is fed. Also a red scat, a heavy armored yellow striped catfish & I am not sure how its still alive or why they dont kill it off ,but a black fin tetra. All in which are fine well fed, plenty of hiding spaces and different lighting which actually helps in thier behavior ive noticed calming them down. Its like a black light really. My lights are on timers 3 setting Natural florecent then my black light comes then blue LEDs for moon lighting at night which will go off at 3 for complete darkness. I have lots of rock and plant which i change ,move & stack differently 3 to 4 times a year so it doesnt get old for them they start over in finding and moving gravel to make for new homes.I started my tank off with 6 cichilds and slowly added in 2s or 3s to prevent any one fish from trying to claim the whole tank as his and to keep a new comer from not being alone when being introduced into the tank, which I think helps reduce from being picked on. Also I would try and add new homes for any new fish to reduce fighting for a home or teroritory. Also high temps for cichilds can cause them to bring out their natural behavior to be agressive in mainly for more control of sections if not the whole tank. My tank is at 77 degrees. And my fish are very active so i pick out very active and agressive fish cause that suits my tanks community. So know your fish. I have had many types of fresh & salt water fish for years since i was 12 & 24 now. I can truly say that fish have personalities & that some like others and some dont.Might be when it comes to space, fish size or sinroity. Thing is you will never know how they will react to one another. I had 2 oscars living with a 15 inch freshwater eel which ate fish like the ocars. people at the store said it wont work out but i had them for yrs. I had peiranahs living with cichlids fine but note that provide housing for the fish, like rocks,plants ...ect. You never know but your fish just might work out. Think of the fish of the same speicies that kill one another. Whats up with that its just some fish of the same color, size dont like the other still because its just that fishes way of things and never know but might change. Hope this comes to show that you and some one else might have the same size tank and fish but one is having problems with fish killin fish. Might be because of how he sat the tank up with only one fish maybe two or how he picked out the most aggressive one in the tank at the store cause of its activity.Those might of been the down fall of having a peacful tank so dont turn down the little guy in the corner of the tank if the tank at home has that peaceful enviornment cause he would probly fit right in cause he might carry the same personalty of the fish in which you already own. Same goes for saltwater but risking more money for maybe at a shot for a non reef safe fish like a coral beauty to actural not eat the reef ive taken the chance and was completely fine because you never know. Not saying tho that some fish have bad habits tho but some dont of the same species. HOPED this helped some people out! Fish help me cope and feel less stressful at times so I am a big fan of the little guys and hope others enjoy thier pets as much as i have enjoyed mine."
"Randy"

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