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    water change should have removed the cloudiness, then reduce feeding to every other day for only once a day, and finally reduce temp to 75-77f. If you really want to see how much waste is produced, remove the gravel or sand, and go barebottom tank.

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    Okay, I'm no expert, but I know a bit, and... You have a train crash in progress. Oscars make really big messes, and I don't think firebellies get along with angels...
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorri14 View Post
    Hi everyone. I'm having some severe fish tank issues and in need of some help. I have a 30 gallon tank with 2 tiger oscars, 1 angelfish, 1 firebelly cichlid, and a large pleco.What should I do?
    Re-home everything but your angelfish, OR, the firemouth. Then work around those fish. If you keep the firemouth it will really limit you on what you can keep. If you keep the angel, then it will allow you to have a nice community tank.

    But all of your problems are from having way too many big fish, in a small tank.

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    Regardless of what you choose to do with your fish you are going to need to do something about that pH. The excerpt below is taken from this website; http://www.bioconlabs.com/nitribactfacts.html

    Nitrobacter will grow more slowly at the high pH levels typical of marine aquaria and preferred by African Rift Lake Cichlids. Initial high nitrite concentrations may exist. At pH levels below 7.0, Nitrosomonas will grow more slowly and increases in ammonia may become evident. Nitrosomonas growth is inhibited at a pH of 6.5. All nitrification is inhibited if the pH drops to 6.0 or less. Care must be taken to monitor ammonia if the pH begins to drop close to 6.5. At this pH almost all of the ammonia present in the water will be in the mildly toxic, ionized NH3+ state.

    This is probably the cause of the cloudy water, your tank is trying to cycle, but can't because of the low pH. Do you happen to know the GH and KH of your water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishkeeper View Post
    Okay, I'm no expert, but I know a bit, and... You have a train crash in progress. Oscars make really big messes, and I don't think firebellies get along with angels...
    No they don't. But OP seems to have more confidence in what the shop told and less in us. I suppose an encyclopedia like fishbase is totally out of the question then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorri14 View Post
    I have younger fish, they are smaller and I was told that all of the fish that I had in my tank (from 4 different stores) were fine together in the same tank.
    I have seen them in fish tanks all over the place. I only have another 10 gallon tank, so that won't help much in "rehoming" the fish. If I were to move them to the other tank, what would you recommend?
    Seeing fish in fish tanks "all over" means those fish are being sold as juveniles and aren't meant to stay in the tanks you saw them in - they are being sold - to people who have a large enough tank for them as "full grown"
    + to KevinVA on how you "rehome" fish - please do not rely upon your LFS to give you advice - most employees are there to bag fish & sell you supplies - some know what they are talking about but not often.

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    Oscars get a foot long and you have 2. Pleco's get a foot long PLUS. The only thing that you have that is ok for that tank is that 1-angelfish with perhaps some smaller community fish.

    Forget asking the pet store anything. Common sense should tell you a fish that reaches one foot will not work in a 30 gallon tank. Stocking properly is your responsibility, not the fish stores. Their job is to sell fish, not instruct you on purchases.

    Check your tap water for pH. That's the water you need to go by. If your tank is crashing due to overstocking and too much waste, then pH can be brought up naturally with some coral stones. But if your tap water is higher than the pH in your fish tank, then it's due to all those fish, probably too little filtration and not enough water changes. The tap water has got to be your starting point.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 06-12-2013 at 02:45 PM.

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