NEW to hobby , setup help

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  1. mono

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    Hi Guys

    I have a new aquarium. 4ft that i purchased in March. The tank has built in filtration. before i bought some fish the water was tested and parameters fine.
    I currently have arteficial decor :
    Fish in the tank :
    6x dollars
    2x pleco's
    1x synodontis catfish
    1xTiger oscar
    1x Albino oscar
    2xGolden deacon
    3xParrot fish
    2xTinfoils
    1x Hifin pangasius
    1x Compressiceps
    1x Other ? Malawi
    1x other ? South American Cichlid

    Is this too many fish for a 4ft tank ? I suspect the compressiceps and other malawi to be nipping fins of my oscars and other fish. what can i do to prevent this ?
     
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    The two oscars only are almost enough for a tank that size. Pangasius will grow HUGE! Plecos as well. The The rest will grow to 15cm + I think which makes it very over crowded...
     
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    You have to many fish in there.
     
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    Yeah those monster fish need 2meter tanks to thrive and be happy.
     
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    rednox CA Cichlids

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    Thats a lot of big fish for that size tank even if they r small they will grow big quiek and that parrot and oscars will become a big problem!
    oscars if water is good and well fed they can grow about 1-2cm a month!
     
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    Yup, I agree.
    There are a lot of big aggressive fish in your tank.
    Can only lead to problems.

    Depends what sort of tank you are after, but I would rehome all of them, and restock with some types that you like that are more suitable to a tank that size.

    Or if you like what you have, and depending on which species, then keep just one or at most two of those.
     
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    mono

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    Thanks for thr feedback, at this point i would like to get rid of the Oscars , malawis ,.
    I need a community set-up , dont want fish that grow to big.....
     
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    @mono - Update your location.... that will give us a rough idea of what type of water you are dealing with. The next question you should ask yourself is what types of fish are compatible to your water conditions. And then you look at which of your selected species are compatible with each other. For example if you have hard water, with a pH in the higher end of the spectrum it will be much easier for you to take care of an African Cichlid tank in terms of maintaining water chemistry suitable to the fish. On the other hand, soft acidic water will be much more suitable to the likes of South American Dwarf Cichlids, Tetras and Corys. Both make for a beautiful display imo.
     
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    mono

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    Hi KC , I am in Johannesburg. For now the only chemical if you can call it i have added to water is non-iodated table salt. My water is clean and i have not lost a fish in the last 1.5 months
    all fish are growing very well , partial water changes once a week. my silver dollars have grown quite big as well as oscars...Parrots abit slower.
     
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    The fish that grow big are

    Oscars - 25-30cm
    Pleco - 30-60cm
    Tinfoilbarb - 30-35cm
    Parrot - 20-25cm
    pangasius/Highfin - 50-100KG (Shouldn't even be in an aquarium)
    Silver Dollar 15-20cm

    Bad Behavior:
    Oscars - Will eat smaller fish and will tear the fins of some fish and terrorize others.
    Synodontis - Will become aggressive towards other bottom dwellers,will ram larger catfish and pit smaller ones under it.
    Parrot - Semi-Aggressive
    Pangasius-Will eat smaller fish and most likely smash your tank.Are known to swim full speed into into the tank sides when scared.
    Compressiceps - Aggressive
    Malawi - Aggressive and needs a higher then normal PH
     

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