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55 gal stocking

Postby lizardboy » Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:35 pm

Hey! I'm setting up a 55 gallon West African cichlid tank, and right now I'm thinking about a trio of Nannochromis parilus, two pairs of Anomalochromis thomasi, two ropefish and one Synodontis petricola. Also some kind of dither fish. I was originally thinking of a west african killifish, but they wouldn't be great for a community and might get eaten by my ropefish. What do you guys think? Do you have any suggestions for dither fish (preferably something west african)?
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Re: 55 gal stocking

Postby james1983 » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:23 pm

Alestes or Congo tetras.
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Re: 55 gal stocking

Postby samaki » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:56 am

Hi Alestes, Phenocogrammus or Brycinus would be a great choice,
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Re: 55 gal stocking

Postby Mr Chromedome » Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:23 pm

If the thomasi are the currently available Guinea population, you will likely have problems even in a 55. This strain is much more aggressive than the first imported types. Two pairs will definitely bully the Nanochromis so that they can't breed. I had a pair that pushed Pelvicachromis rubrolabiatus out of their territory.

Second, if you are trying to stay biotope compatible, S. petricola is inappropriate for a West African tank, as they come from Lake Tanganyika and prefer much harder, more alkaline conditions. I would research some other Syno species. There are also some 3-4" species of Microsynodontis, not sure if those are available or if the available species are all the 1-1.5" pygmies. There are other West African Cats, but few are available.

As for a dither Tetra, Alestopetersius caudalis is colorful, active, and does not get as large as Congos. It also tends to be fairly available. Surface dwelling Killifish such as Epiplatys are not likely to be taken by the Reedfish, as the latter mostly forages the bottom at night. Also, there are species that can reach 4-5 inches. You would have to talk to Killifish specialists to find these.
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