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Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby icu » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:27 pm

Hi All:

Tank was up and running great for the past year. Stocked with 3 Acei, 4 yellow labs, 4 red zebras, 1 pleco, 1 jaguar cat. One zebra got fin and tail rot, took to LFS placed in sick tank to recover, There about two weeks, brought back home and a week later break out ich in tank. I lost 1 Ace, 2 labs and 2 zebras.

The Acei have grown pretty large 4-5in. Wondering if I need to restock with the adults or can I go with juveniles? I have know clue of identifying if I have males or females remaining.

Thanks

P.S. could restock with a few peacocks?
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:53 pm

What are the dimensions of the tank and who is left in there?
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby icu » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:13 pm

55gal...48x16. I got 3 acei, 2 yellow labs, 2 red zebras, plec and jaguar cat left....
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby GaFishMan1181 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:20 pm

How long ago was the last fish death? Were all the deaths from illness or were some from aggression?

If you add more fish your going to want to add juvies. Not just 1 or 2 either. Atleast 3.

Doesn't sound like your into breeding so if your zebras are females and are not hyper aggressive you could leave those in as is. If you have a male or a really aggressive zebra then you might be better off trading both those in.

Getting 3 or 4 more yellow lab juvies would be a pretty safe bet either way.
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby DanniGirl » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:42 pm

It would probably be best give the tank a month from the last death before you add fish. Let things settle down.
Right now, you have a couple of options. Do you want mbuna or peacocks? Breeding groups or all male?

Since you asked about peacocks, the red zebras would have to go. The labs would be fine along with the acei. You can stock with either juvies or adults; that wouldn't be an issue. If you go with male peacocks and haps, try to aim for no more than 6-7, no look-alikes with each maturing at 6" or less. Stay away from the Jacobfrebergie variants, Lwanda and Walteri. Along with the peacocks, you could also add 2-3 more labs.
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby Dawg2012 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:52 pm

DanniGirl wrote:It would probably be best give the tank a month from the last death before you add fish. Let things settle down.
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby icu » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:59 pm

Thanks that's very helpful...I wouldn't mind breeding. I just have no clue at identifying the sexs...if u could advise that would be great
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Re: Lost cichlid: how to restock

Postby DJRansome » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:07 pm

Choose either yellow labs or Metriaclima estherae as they crossbreed. 1m:4f of each (3 species) would be a nice stocking for a 55G.

Since usually unsexed juveniles are available for sale at a reasonable price, what you can do is buy 2X as many as you need to get a 50/50 chance of getting half females. And rehome the extra males as they mature and start causing trouble in your tank.
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33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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