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29G Stocking Question

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Hi there -
I have a 29G that currently has 1 small Firemouth [< 2"], 3 panda cories and 3 tiger barbs.Everyone gets along great and my water parameters [nitrate, nitrite and ph] are all fine. I do regular water changes weekly and only feed about twice a week. I know that I will eventually need a larger tank for the Firemouth...but until then what do you think of my stocking? There's not much activity in my tank since there are so few fish, so I go back and forth about if I should add anything more to it.
Just looking for some second opinions.

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As the tank's only cichlid, the firemouth should be okay long-term.
But as LJ said, a bigger tank is always better...then you could think about other cichlid tankmates. Possibly even pairing him up and trying breeding at that point, if you're interested? (personally I wouldn't try it in anything less than a 3 ft. tank)

ian16 said:
29G that currently has 1 small Firemouth [< 2"]

...only feed about twice a week.
I would definitely step up feedings for a fish that young.
Personally, I'd do twice daily feedings until he hit closer to 3 inches or even slightly more, and then I'd offer once a day until he's hit closer to 5 inches. After that, you could scale it back if you wish.

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