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These guys are the "monsters" mentioned in my other African cichlid thread. These are also cichlids, but they are native to either South or Central America, depending on the fish. They are what are referred to as wet pets in the hobby, very large, very intelligent fish with very individual personalities.

This is Talon, a Midas cichlid. He's 10 years old, and 14" long. His species is aggressive and so he lives by himself.




This is Craven, another Midas. He's about 6 or 7 years old, smaller than Talon at about 11" in size, but he's much more aggressive than Talon. I can't put my hand in the tank without him attacking it, and he has the power to break a finger if he gets in a good bite. He also lives solo.




This guy is Griffen. He's a Flowerhorn, which is actually a man-made hybrid. There are all kinds of different variants of Flowerhorns - Griffen is what's called a Thai Silk. High quality specimens of the various kinds sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars, but there are a ton of "everyday" ones out there as well. He's currently a juvenile, only about 7" in size, but should mature to about 12-14" and will likely become very aggressive like Craven. He's a solo bachelor also.




This is Griffen, he's a Texas cichlid. He's the "mini monster" compared to the rest - only about 9" in size and full grown at 2 years old. He's also alone, but he's no where near as aggressive as the others I've listed so far.
 

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This guy is Baine, a Pearsei cichlid who is currently very much a juvenile at about 9" in size. He will mature to 16-18" in size, putting him at the top of the list based on size once he's an adult. He's more mild-mannered, so he lives with a group of other fish as well, but that may have to be adjusted as he gets older. Have to play it by ear and see how his personality is as he gets more size on him.


This pretty little rainbow guy doesn't have a name yet - he's still a juvenile and not quite large enough to know if a male or female, so no name until I'm sure. I suspect a male. He's a Red-Head cichlid who will be a stunner as an adult, especially if I'm right and he's really a male. His rainbow colours are only just starting to come in, and will intensify as he matures. He's about 6" right now and living with Baine and a few others, and will be about 16" as an adult if a male.


And this last photo is not a monster at all - they're actually extremely small cichlids called a Ram. Only about 2-3" fully grown. But they have tiny little attitudes and I love this photo, so had to share. This photo has actually be published in a hobbiest magazine.
 

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You certainly have some fantastic specimens. I don't have room for a tank in this tiny place but I sure miss having at least one.
 

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Lol thank you all. Yes, moving is a big deal...when we moved last December, it actually worked out the best so far. We bought a house instead of renting, so we had tons of time to move. We moved one tank per day and that was it until they were all set up in the new house, and then did the actual move at the end. It was SO MUCH easier and less stressful! Normally we have to do them all in one day, which means having all the fish in buckets for 8-9 hours or more and I'm always worried about losing some. But we're looking forward to not having to move them again for many, many years!
 

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Thank you :)

My personal salt water fav are Mandarin Gobies!
I have a pair! :) They are one of the hardest fish to keep as they can easily starve themselves.





We were originally going to go cichlid but decided at the last minute to try salt water then full reef instead of just fish. It is a challenge but we have learned a lot too.
 
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