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I have a 55 gallon cichlid aquarium with 2 Jack Dempsys, 1 Flowerhorn, 1 Red zebra cichlid, and 1 Horseface. ...

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    I have a 55 gallon cichlid aquarium with 2 Jack Dempsys, 1 Flowerhorn, 1 Red zebra cichlid, and 1 Horseface. This is nothing new to me but everytime I step remotely near the tank my fish freak out and swim into the tank walls and the filter intake. Recently it has been getting worse to the point when I feed them I'm scared they will hurt themselves.

    What is wrong and how can I reduce their fear of anything that goes near there aquarium?

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    Well to start...that flowerhorn can't stay there. It's going to get much, much too big for the tank and likely kill everything else off.

    Have you tested the water? Can't help much without the water params.

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    Thanks for the reply.
    I did check the water params and they are as they should be.
    Ive had the flowerhorn and the jack dempsys for about a year and they used to get along fine but the flowerhorn had gotten bigger than the others which indicates dominence in cichlids.
    I think the flowerhorn might be stressing out all my other fish.
    Ill see if i can find a new home for him.

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    Honestly I don't have much knowledge of the fish you keep, but do you believe you have enough cover for them? It sounds as though they are feeling exposed. Maybe they need bigger/more caves now that they are larger?
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    Quote Originally Posted by homebunnyj View Post
    Honestly I don't have much knowledge of the fish you keep, but do you believe you have enough cover for them? It sounds as though they are feeling exposed. Maybe they need bigger/more caves now that they are larger?
    I know what you mean and that could be the case but I have 3 hiding places where they can go in and I sometimes can't find them. I just don't understand why they feel so threatened by anything that moves outside their aquarium. Sometimes I can be feeding my marine fish and they will freak out even though I'm 4 feet away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonet View Post
    the flowerhorn had gotten bigger than the others which indicates dominence in cichlids.
    No....it indicates that the flowerhorn naturally gets huge compared to the other species. Of course it was going to get bigger than the rest, dominant or not. How big is it?

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    my advice is that any cichlid that ges 12 inches long should have 50Gs to itself. Anything more than that is crowding. At worst I will see people with 2-3 oscars in a 50-75G tank. Good thing you're looking for a new home for the flowerhorn, there's going to be war in your tank at some point!
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    A 12" fish should have nothing less than a 75gal tank, not 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinisterKisses View Post
    A 12" fish should have nothing less than a 75gal tank, not 50.

    He is no where close to the size that you are talking about, he is about 5 and a half inches and ive had him for a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jo3olous View Post
    my advice is that any cichlid that ges 12 inches long should have 50Gs to itself.
    I was referring to this comment. I had no idea what size your flowerhorn was, but it still applies as it will get that big.

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