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I will be setting up my 56 gallon tank soon and I can not decide which cichlid to put in it.

I have narrowed it down to either
A) astronotus crassipinnis ( on jeff rapps site)
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B.) cichlastoma festae

Both nice are nice looking fish
I can not decide...
Any opinions?

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gorgoroth replied the topic: This or that?

both of these fish grow too big to keep in a 56g, astronotus grows to be 15-18" where as the tiger cichlid or Red Terror Cichlid can grow up to 20". you could hold one of them in a 56 for a max of a year (if even that long) and then you'd need to upgrade to minimum 75-90g, without any tankmates.

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ErikaTheOdd replied the topic: This or that?

I will upgrade tanks when needed. So it is temporary.

I am hoping to build a tank within eight months that will be at least 150-175 g

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Nina_W replied the topic: This or that?

I'd vote the oscar, that should be ok for the time being, also, he's less aggressive than the other, so should settle into a bigger tank with tankmates better later in life.
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cebosound replied the topic: This or that?

go with your gut. ;)

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ehall67 replied the topic: This or that?

have to pic what you like

my choice is


astronotus crassipinnis


it is not an oscar.... tho a cousin for sure ! (and nina after all the trouble you gave me about Sevs and then this lol! :P )

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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: This or that?

The thing with " hoping " to build a bigger tank is that things come up. Especially if its not in the very near future. That fish will grow regardless of any complications you may encounter. So unless there is a back up plan I would probably go with something that you can sustain now , and get the big monsters when the big tank is actually built and tested. :)
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ehall67 replied the topic: This or that?

Firestorm8215 wrote: The thing with " hoping " to build a bigger tank is that things come up. Especially if its not in the very near future. That fish will grow regardless of any complications you may encounter. So unless there is a back up plan I would probably go with something that you can sustain now , and get the big monsters when the big tank is actually built and tested. :)


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gorgoroth replied the topic: This or that?

or a couple of sevs and a raph :)

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Rocksor replied the topic: This or that?

Festae grow at most 0.5" a month during the first year. The 56g will last longer with the festae.
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