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need expertise asap

Postby justajoey » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:30 pm

are these fish compatible in a 55g .1m/8f to start

I've done hella research to get to this point and just wanna make sure everythings good to go

http://livefishdirect.com/store.php?fid=29
Maingano Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos

http://livefishdirect.com/store.php?fid=17
Metriaclima estherae
Red Zebra


http://livefishdirect.com/store.php?fid=24
Pseudotropheus socolofi "Albino"
Snow White

nice variety of colors and all the same size and hopefully aggressiveness???
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby clhinds78 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:15 am

I think they should all be ok, enough of a color difference between the three. What size were you planning on ordering?
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby Fogelhund » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:32 am

The mixes seem fine, but if your plans are 1:8, you are better with two species. 27 fish is going to be too much for a 55 gallon.
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby scooter31707 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:20 pm

IMO the mainganos do better in a 75 gallon
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby DrTenochtitlan » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:08 pm

scooter31707 wrote:IMO the mainganos do better in a 75 gallon


+1 on this. I'm in the process of setting up a 55 gallon, and I was very interested in Mainganos, but everything I've read on here points to a #%$& shoot with them in a 55 gallon. You might get away with it, but maybe half the time, it's just not enough room and it becomes a disaster. 75 gallons seems to be the magic number for them to do reliably well.
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby justajoey » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:50 pm

thanks so much guys

i messed up i ment to put im getting 8 of each specie and then weed out the trouble makers down to a good size group maybe 15 fish

thanks for your guys advice about the magainos, i know they are aggressive but i believe/hope the other specie will hold there own
I've ordered and im siked about them coming in wends day!!

I've learned so much off this forum its unreal

after months of research i think I've got everything in order

thanks
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby DJRansome » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:18 pm

It's not that the maingano will attack the other species...they will kill each other unless they have a large enough tank. Hope you get a peaceful bunch. For the maingano I would have ordered 14 because to spread aggression you want to end up with 1m:7f.
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby justajoey » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:12 pm

ok i understand i trust your advice

i went ahead and ordered 12 of the maingano

i still have to get this aquatop canister still so cash is tight
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby clhinds78 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:30 am

You should be ok. You'll probably end up with 6 females-which is tight, but should be ok.
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby DrTenochtitlan » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:21 pm

justajoey wrote:i still have to get this aquatop canister still so cash is tight


The Aquatop CF500UV? I just installed mine today, and I love it. Great choice if that's what you're getting. It's a big bang for the buck, and awesome customer service to boot.
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Re: need expertise asap

Postby justajoey » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:15 pm

ya it is actually

i was wondering if that article on the homepage about produce bags used for media bags would work in this filter?? you think so?
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