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How to stock a tank

Postby JulianS » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:21 pm

Hi there, i'm new to the world of cichlids, had tropical fish until now and I have a question someone could hopefully answer.

How do I stock the tank in the beginning? cichlids are aggressive so it's better to have more than less. Does this mean I should buy a lot at first?? Or can I put in a few at a time? Thanks
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Re: How to stock a tank

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:43 am

Welcome to C-F Julian.

Lots of variables. Depends on the species you're looking at. If you already have a tank, provide the dimensions.
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Re: How to stock a tank

Postby JulianS » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:11 pm

yes I already have a tank, it's 4 foot x 1 1/2 x 1/12, 40gal. I'm thinking about doing a Lake Malawi Mbuna tank.
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Re: How to stock a tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:31 pm

You want two species 1m:4f and stick to peaceful smallish ones. Yellow labs Labidochromis caeruleus and rusties Iodotropheus sprengerae would be good. Or a single species tank with 3m:12f Pseudotropheus saulosi.

48" x 18 x 18"? That's more like 60G?
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: How to stock a tank

Postby aquawoman101 » Mon May 11, 2015 5:13 am

DJRansome wrote:You want two species 1m:4f and stick to peaceful smallish ones. Yellow labs Labidochromis caeruleus and rusties Iodotropheus sprengerae would be good. Or a single species tank with 3m:12f Pseudotropheus saulosi.

48" x 18 x 18"? That's more like 60G?


Good advice, I'd follow that :)
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