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55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby ReelBigFish » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:32 pm

Please can you suggest a stocking on the peaceful end of the cichlid scale for a 55 gallon. I would prefer not to have to buy multiple fish that I then have to remove, that was my problem with Mbunas.

I already have 6 Synodontis Petricola that I would like to keep. I knows they will eat fry, that's fine.

A shoal of Cyprichromis looks ideal, what would be a good choice along with them.
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Re: 55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby DJRansome » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:50 pm

I have nothing to suggest if you never want to remove fish and you want to keep the Petricola. BTW most likely the Petricola are lucipinnis.
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Re: 55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby ReelBigFish » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:25 pm

Well I won't say never remove but it seems like the Tanganyika cichlids are less aggressive than Mbunas in general right? I just don't want to have to buy 10 fish to get a pair. I don't mind removing the occasional problem fish.
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Re: 55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby DJRansome » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:15 pm

You have to buy 6 to get a pair for many Tanganyikans. Removing 4 fish.

For mbuna you buy 8 and remove extra males...maybe 3 fish. So same idea.

If you got rid of the Synodontis you could do multifaciatus and cyps. You probably would not have to remove fish.

I do not find the Tanganyikans less aggressive than mbuna. If you have the right fish and the right tank, things work out.
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Re: 55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby ReelBigFish » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:49 pm

DJRansome wrote:You have to buy 6 to get a pair for many Tanganyikans. Removing 4 fish.

For mbuna you buy 8 and remove extra males...maybe 3 fish. So same idea.

If you got rid of the Synodontis you could do multifaciatus and cyps. You probably would not have to remove fish.

I do not find the Tanganyikans less aggressive than mbuna. If you have the right fish and the right tank, things work out.


Yeah, I mean I don't need the fish which you can only have a pair of. I'll have ones that can be kept in groups. For example the Cyprichromis are mostly stocked in shoals.

I like the Synos so don't really want to get rid of them. Why can't they be kept with multis? Just because they'll eat the fry?
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Re: 55g Less Aggressive Stocking

Postby sir_keith » Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:47 am

(1) Mbuna are more aggressive than Tanganyikans.

(2) Tanganyikans are more aggressive than Mbuna.

Neither of these statements is true, because they are both so overly general as to be meaningless. Which Mbuna? Which Tanganyikans?

As for your tank, if you are intent on keeping 6 Synodontis in a 55, forget about keeping any Tanganyikans in the lower half of the water column unless you already have a robust, well-established pair (e. g. Neolamprologus leleupi) that can fend off the catfish (thus, no Multi's): there just isn't enough space. Small cyps will be (mostly) OK in the upper half of the water column, but beyond that, the Syno's really limit your options. Good luck.
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