Looking for some help. I'm not new to keeping cichlids but this is my first Tanganyika setup and need advice / recommendations for stocking. The tank is 55 gallons with a footprint of 48" X 12.5" x 20.5". I essentially scaped the tank in half. Half the tank is on a raised sand bed; lava rock overlaid with aragonite & pool filter sand with rock structures. The other half is a flat sand bed (same) with approx. 40 escargot shells. I want to keep julies + shellies and am looking for best combination and long term success of the tank. I have a couple of ideas and am open to hearing what everyone thinks:
1. Julidochromis Ornatus (1 to 2 pairs) with Neolamprologus Multifasciatus 4 males 6 females, possibly want to add 6 Cyprichromis Leptosoma (top is open water)
2. Julidochromis Ornatus (1 to 2 pairs) with Lamprologus Ocellatus 2 males 4 females; possibly want to add 6 Cyprichromis Leptosoma (top is open water)
3. I would consider expanding the rocky area to cover 3/4 of the tank with the rest staying as shells and stocking Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus 3 males 6 females, add 6 Cyprichromis Leptosoma (top is open water)
Current tank parameters pH - 8.0, Nitrite/ Nitrate/ Ammonia - 0, KH + GH - 6.0. I will be adding Tanganyika Buffer and Cichlid Lake Salts. If you have other suggestions and/ or combinations I am open to new ideas. My LFS is new to the area and has a fantastic variety of fish to choose from. They also take orders if you're serious with the request (Super Cichlids, Dover Delaware - look them up!). I want to avoid buying and then returning fish because i did not do my due diligence
I'm new to the forum and appreciate the community. Looking for all the help I can get!
- 55 Gallon Tanganyika Setup