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Hello all, I have a Red Tail Catfish (Phractocephalus Hemioliopterus) and a Red Devil Cichlid. This is my issue, the two fish both live in a 50 gallon community tank with 3 tinfoil barbs (3 inches) and two plecos (2.5 inches). The red devil is around 8 inches and the catfish is around 8. I have a fairly large castle and both seem to live peacefully 98 percent of the time. I have noticed however, that the Cichlid will bully the catfish every now and then, and the fins seem pretty chewed up. I have tried adding a second shelter apart from the castle, but that doesn't solve the problem, nor do I have the funds to purchase a second tank that would be large enough for the catfish, is there any other solution then a separate tank for the catfish?

Nate
 

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Try taking the fish out and re-arraigning the tank then put them back. That way the territories will be gone and they will have to make new ones.

On a side note; I hope your planning on a very large tank soon as red tails will outgrow that tank before to long.
 

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change the 8 inches to 8 feet and you got the adult size of that little kitty! sorry, but i don't have any reccomendations besides the fact that catfish & cichlids have always been enemies at some time. africans absolutely hate catfish, and your red devil is usually good prey for an adult redtail!
 

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yeah...red tails are for like those huge show aquariums and the best thing to do is to take it and return it to the lfs or trade it
 

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I have done what I think is best and returned the catfish to the store, where they said they will heal it and find it a proper location.
 

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whew...happy ending....just read this. the bullying would have stopped eventually. You would have noticed that the red devil and tinfoils had vanished. ...( wink, wink )
 
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