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So hey everyone, I have a 30 gallon aquarium stocked with:

1 pleco
1 rainbow shark
1 livingstoni (i believe that's the name)
1 auratus
1 strawberry peacock
1 snow white/albino peacock

Is there anything else i would be able to add?

I went to my local petstore and saw these barbs thta were juveniles, they were green and they looked amazing. I don't remember there names. Would they work or in fact would any barb work?
 

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I would remove what you have and look for other stocking options. You have fish that grow too large for you tank, are too aggressive for your tank, and fish mixed that may have compatibility issues in the future.
 

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I wouldn't be worried about adding more as the combo you have won't work in the long run. The liviningstonii will eat almost everythng you have in there. Personally I wouldnt keep one in anything less than 75g. You need to figure out what you can keep in a tank that size. If you want cichlids I would lean towards the shell dwellers and dwarf cichlids. Your combo may be working right now but I can promise you later there will be some major problems in that tank. But look on the bright side. It is another excuse to get a bigger tank
 

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Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

Agree the fish you have are not a good fit for a 30G...the Livingstonii needs a 72" tank and the others need a 48" tank.

What are the dimensions of the 30G?
 

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The only reason i picked this fish were because the people at the petstore told me they were good mixes. And when you say in the future, how long is that? Months or years??
 

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And also, my parents will most likely not allow me to get another tank, so if i bring the fish back to the petstore and the tank is empty (would probably keep pleco and rainbow) what else would i be able to stock it with?
 

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The livingstonii will eventually wreak havoc. Years ago I had one in a 55 gallon (it was only a few inches long at the time), went on vacation for a week, came back, and it was the only fish left.

Do some research on dwarf cichlids and ask others here about them. They may be an option for your setup.
 

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Thank you! I will try to bring them back the quickest possible and i'll find other stocking options. Does anyone have any?

Really appreciated
 

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If your pleco is a bristlenose then he should work in your tank. If he is a common pleco, they get quite large for any tank and I would rehome him.

Do a search on a website like Seriously Fish on the Rainbow Shark before you decide if you want to keep him.

Tanganyikan shellies would be a good choice. We need the dimensions before we can make other suggestions.
 

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Also my neighbour might give me some fish, they have black and blue stripes and start with "De...." does anyone know what they're called? Also i do have a common pleco and will rehome him or i might give him to imply neighbor who has a huge tank. The size is : 36Lx18Hx12W
 

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WAIT the fish are the ones that are on DJRansome's profile picture, my neighbour might give me 4-5. Would they work?
 

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drackid said:
WAIT the fish are the ones that are on DJRansome's profile picture, my neighbour might give me 4-5. Would they work?
Demasoni? You normally want more than 4-5, they have the tendency to systematically kill off their on kind if not keep in a larger group.
 

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I'm back again everyone, after reading more i found that my auratus in my tank would end up eating all my fish. Will he attack fish smaller than him or his size? And for now the ones to watch out for are

Livingstoni
Auratus?

And my last question is in how much time am i going to need to bring them back or give them away if they're both 2 inches approximately?
 

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Yes that's what theyre called! How much would i need to keep so they don't kill each other?10?

And would they work in my aquarium with the fish above?
 

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Yes that's what theyre called! How much would i need to keep so they don't kill each other?10?

And would they work in my aquarium with the fish above?
The fish you already have aren't going to work in your tank for too long, I would try to get rid of them, then try to get new fish.

What are the dimensions of your tank?

The demasoni usually works best in groups of 10 or more, they aren't really an easy fish for a beginner. You'll need to start with way more than what you need to get a good group size. Over time extra males may be pushed out of the group, they'll have to be removed to prevent them from being killed or getting sick and infecting the other. You'll need extra tanks and a place to get rid of the outcasts.
 

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So if i keep

x2 peacocks
x1 bristlenose pleco
x1 rainbow sharks

Would i be able to add some demasoni,yellow labs, barbs, acei,etc..

I obviously wouldn't add all of them but is there any that i could add(even if they're not in the list?
 
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