Okay, so my mom had a single african (peacock?) cichlid who is kind of a bully, so its the only one there. (Her tank is a 40 gallon tall, or something like that.) She decided to get a green terror (she knows nothing about cichlids, so I don't know why she got it.) I went to her house the other day, and the poor green terror (who is only about 2 and a half inches right now) was all beat up and the poor thing was hiding from her other cichlid. Fins were torn, scales were missing, he(she?) could barely swim straight, I felt so bad. So I took him (with her permission) and put him in my empty running ten gallon. (before you say anything, YES I know these guys get big, and NO I do not plan on keeping him in there. Its just temporary until he heals up and gets a tad bigger/or when I get my 55 gallon in about a month, which ever way this goes.) Well, I've had him for about 3 days now, and he's doing alright. He's a lot more active, not hiding often and is healing quite nicely. I wanted to know, is there anything I should be doing special to house this guy (other than a new tank, which is coming soon anyways with or without him)? What am I supposed to be feeding him, and all that jazz. This is my first cichlid ever, and I rescued him before I even had a chance to do research on the breed
And please please don't lecture me about tank size. .. trust me, I know these guys get pretty large, he will be getting in a bigger tank one way or another in a few short weeks.