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Acara tank mates

Postby jr2010 » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:54 pm

I have a electric acara. What are my options on stocking fish. How many?
I now have a bunch of other random fish in with him now. They will be eventually gone.
I do have a electric yellow, Melanochromis Auratus ,Metriaclima Lombardoi. The names came from another post
I'm pretty sure I messed up getting the last 3 fish
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby DJRansome » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:39 am

Moving this post to the South American forum. As discussed in another forum, the 36" tank is too small for the Africans.
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75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby james1983 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:51 am

With just the acara I would do a school of tetras and small catfish or pleco for the bottom. Lots of driftwood maybe a few easy plants.
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby tanker3 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:57 pm

jr2010 wrote:I have a electric acara. What are my options on stocking fish. How many?
I now have a bunch of other random fish in with him now. They will be eventually gone.
I do have a electric yellow, Melanochromis Auratus ,Metriaclima Lombardoi. The names came from another post
I'm pretty sure I messed up getting the last 3 fish


I agree, the last 3 species are not a good combo with the Acara.
75gal Tank White Labs, White Top Haras, Met. Membe Deep
58gal Tank Ps. Saulosi , Lab. Perlmutt
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby jr2010 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:33 pm

Thanks for all the help
I need to find new homes for the Africans.
Can i put more cichlids in the 65 gallon?
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby NicKarla » Mon May 15, 2017 5:38 am

I had thought that Acara ate tetras. Is that not the case?
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Re: Acara tank mates

Postby Fogelhund » Tue May 16, 2017 12:15 pm

NicKarla wrote:I had thought that Acara ate tetras. Is that not the case?


A really big one might eat Neons and Cardinals and smaller tetras, but they don't have big mouths, and typically top out around 6" in the aquarium. Most of the larger tetras should be fine...
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