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Spike: Rocio octofasciata, Jack Dempsey (Male)
Middle Cichlid: Cryptoheros spilurum: Cutteri or Blue Eyed Cichlid (Beat up female?)
Squirt: Hemichromis sp. (possibly male)
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Nothing else should be placed in this tank, unless you want to see the Jack Dempsey kill it. That Cichlid has definitely attained his 'majority', and has now taken over the entire tank as his personal territory. Sometimes you get milder, more calm Jack Dempsey's.
Yours is not.
In the smaller size of your 55 gallon aquarium, that is pretty much all there is room for.
For now, it looks like the tough little African Jewel Cichlid is still holding his own in there (no surprise - they can be thugs too). That Cutteri however, is definitely getting the worst of it. And, unless you provide some smaller caves or other things just big enough for him to fit into that he can safely escape to in this tank - that Jack Dempsey is eventually gonna kill it.
 

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Yeah.... @BC in SK , you're absolutely right.
Got drawn in with those blue eyes. Plus, the really dark (fear?) coloration it's displaying now, subdued a lot of it's natural traits.
But, that gill plate spot and even the hint of orange underneath are total Firemouth. Looks a bit like a female, but in it's current condition it really is hard to say for sure.
(If it doesn't get any secure places to hide from Senor' Budfy in there soon, I suspect that Firemouth will just look dead).
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So, @MapDaddy , you may need to place a tank divider in there, or possibly even a fry basket or something to place the Firemouth in and protect him from further 'beat downs'.
Additionally, I would get a test kit and check the measured Nitrate level of the water in that aquarium. It's when a Cichlid gets a massive amount of stress put upon it, that we see opportunistic things like fungus or bacterial infections attack them. Stuff they can normally shrug off and not be bothered by.
Plus, water changes conducted with more frequency and in higher percentages, will provide for a more healthy environment and help to prevent that bad stuff from happening.
And lastly, check your food. Fresh purchased food is best, and keep it refrigerated to help ensure it stays that way. Doing those things, will definitely help to naturally boost up your fish's immune systems.
 
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What is providing the filtration for the 55 gallon tank these fish are in now? Reason I'm asking - you may have to get some of the established filtration media from the one running now, to use with the 10 gallon, quarantine/hospital tank. This will prevent the new, little 10 gallon aquarium from 'cycling' with new filtration media, which could really be hard on the Firemouth placed in it (Ammonia spike = burned gills.... dead fish).
 
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That sounds right to me! I would get that little Penguin filter up and running now on the 55 gallon tank. Yeah, it may look a bit like a 'frankentank' with all of the stuff hanging off of it. But, it will get things started and established for that little power filter.
And yes, most times those 'old school' ways - work just fine. :cool:
 
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