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I have a 44 gallon tank and the fish store told me that I could house a Dimidiochromis compressiceps and that HE would not grow the stated "10-12". He would grow the size of the tank. Is this a correct statement?
 

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If the water is healthy, you do plenty of water changes, have good filtration and food, he will grow to an easy 9-10".

If you provide very poor living conditions, you might be able to stunt it.

Having said that, the average 44 gallon tank, isn't suitable for a D. compressiceps from an aggression viewpoint, even if it topped out at 6".
 

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Growth of the fish is related to water quality not quantity. In fact fish are one animal that as a group never stop growing (a few exceptions aside), though they do slow down as they get older. This wive's tale has been perpetuated by LFS and is just as bad as the 1" per gallon "rule".
 

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Anything less then a 4 foot tank is unsuitable for a compressicep. 6 Foot....perfect
 
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