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American cichlids beginner

Postby stanislaw.pac » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:18 pm

Hello everyone! This will be my first post in this forum. :)
I have many years of experience in the aquarium hobby but about none when it comes to cichlids.
I plan starting my first American cichlids project - a Mexican biotope in a 470 l (about 125 gallon) tank. I'm not sure what species and how many specimen will be appropriate for this tank size taking in consideration their temperament.
The fishes available in the market here in Bulgaria that can suit the biotope purpose are:
- Rocio octofasciata
- Cichlasoma salvini
- Thorichthys meeki
- Thorichthys maculipinnis (ex. ellioti)
- Amatitlania nigrofasciata
- Xiphophorus helleri
- Poecilla velifera
I don't think it's a good idea to put them all. I'm thinking of something like 3 x octofasciata, 3 x salvini, 6 x meeki and 10 x helleri. I'm not sure if the helleri will survive in long term perspective, but this does not bother me much. I'm concerned about the cichlids type and numbers choice. Do you think they will go well together like that? What would you change in this plan. Any suggestions are welcome! :)
Note that I will buy young specimen and there will be plenty of hiding places.
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