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    Hello all!
    I accidentally got into aquarium life when my son won two goldfish at a festival in November 2016. When we brought the 2 home, they were sickly and we didn't think they were going to make it. Well, they made it, and instead of the sickly 1" goldfish they were when we won them, they are now a beefy 7-8" long! We have bumped them from 3 aquariums in their short lifetime just to accommodate their ever growing size.

    When I was on the market for at least a 55 gallon tank, a man offered to sell me his 75 gallon tank and a ton of accessories for $60! It was a steal, and without knowing what I was really getting myself into, I purchased it for my 2 goldfish. The man also insisted I take his 2 catfish (I think Upside-down catfish Synodontis nigriventris) and one Chichlid. They all range about 6-8" long as well. I've kept the catfish and Chichlid together in a 40 gallon tank since January. I was going to bring them to my classroom for class pets, but was not given permission by my admins ;(.

    My problem now is, I am expecting a baby in November with barely any pay during the 6 weeks maternity leave, things are going to get tight.
    The upkeep for 2 tanks is already expensive with filters alone. We don't really want to get rid of any fish, but we're wondering if it would be okay to combine them so we can come down to just one tank.
    After a little research, I think that the Chichlid isn't going to jive well with the goldfish, even though they are the same size roughly. And I am getting mixed research on whether or not the catfish will do well with the goldfish. I want to be thoroughly sure everyone is going to get along before I put anyone together.

    Thanks for any input! :D

    I attached pictures for reference, sorry about the quality... they love to move!

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    rehome the other fish and make your life easier. Combining the tanks won't make maintenance that much easier.

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    Agree 100%. Those goldfish would do much better in a pond, they need a lot more room than a 75 will give them.
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    indeed your goldfish will be needing a bigger tank as they are probably not through growing. another issue with mixing them is that your synodontis catfish and Convict cichlid do better at tropical temps. your goldfish will do better at a little lower temps. like Rocksor mentioned your maintenance will still increase as you will end up needing to do more partial water changes.

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    Wow, those are beauties! I'm curious about why your filters are so expensive. What kind of filters are you using, and where is the cost coming from? I suspect we can help you with that.

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    Another consideration; Goldfish carry different diseases than tropical's
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    I really like your syno cat and cichlid peeking out. He seriously looks saltwater in that coral decor!
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    About getting the 75g instead of the 55g, I think that was a better purchase 100%. Bigger tanks are actually easier to take care of if you can change out water easily. My python makes this task a sinch.
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    A 75g is better size for the catfish and cichlid, but without the goldfish because they need more room eventually.
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    My advice would be to rehome the goldfish, particularly if you know or can find someone with a pond for them. They really aren't suited to aquariums in the long run. The catfish are Synodontis eupterus, aka featherfins, and the 75 will be barely big enough to keep both of them. They can be quite territorial with their own species, but if they've been raised together and happen to be opposite sexes they may be alright. Those grow quite fast, I've brought home 1" babies that grew to full adult size (larger than yours from the pic) in less than 6 months.
    The cichlid is a convict, a very common and quite hardy species.

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