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Stocking for 150-180 gallon Fronts vs. first SA/CA tank?

Postby wharfrat » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:33 pm

I will probably receive some bias since I am posting in a SA forum lol. I sold my reef system and I am going to set up a clear-for-life Uniquarium 180gallon FW tank. I already have a Tropheus Kasanga RR colony in another room and want to try something different. I have already done Mbuna, Peacock/small Hap, and Tang community. The back 4inches of the tank is the built in wet-to-dry filter in which the two overflows are on the ends and the two returns in the middle. I believe that leaves around 150 gallons of real-estate for live stock. I am getting this tank brand new with over a 1000$ discount so jumping on this. I have never tried my hand at a large SA cichlid tank, but I also wouldn't mind to have a colony of Mobas or Mpimbwe Fronts as well. I am open for suggestions.

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1-GT
2-3 - Severum
1 - Prochilodus....or some Clown Loaches or school of Silver Dollars

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A pair of RT...seems like alot of real-estate just to keep two fish( I know it is necessary d/t aggression)

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A colony of 8-10 Mpimbwe or Moba Fronts. (I am aware this is a SA forum, but I don't want to do multiple posting).

Please add suggestions or other nice SA/CA stocking for this size the filter system seems really adequate...Has 2 Large Rio pumps and a fairly nice wet-to-dry system. (Might trade out the Rio's for Sicce though).
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Re: Stocking for 150-180 gallon Fronts vs. first SA/CA tank?

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:28 pm

Sounds like a killer deal.

Since you already the frantic action of Trophs, the frontosa would be a nice changed pace tank. Is the entire back 4" taken up, or just the corners?

For SA, I like option #1, with a number of a smaller silver dollar species. The Red Tigers are gorgeous, but if you're doing a nice display aquarium you may find yourself playing referee with dividers, which will take away from the look.

I like your avatar and username. Very nice indeed :thumb:
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Re: Stocking for 150-180 gallon Fronts vs. first SA/CA tank?

Postby mambee » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:49 pm

This is a nice sized tank for some large SAs. I keep 6 large angels and 6 large geophagus altifrons in my 150 with about 50 cories and a bunch of BNPs. You can mix and match a lot of different SA cichlids: severums, angels, geos, festivums, uaru, true parrot cichlids. I don't care for silver dollars because they are very skittish and spook the other fish.
150 Gallon:
Geophagus, Angelfish
90 Gallon:
Bolivian Rams, Rummynoses, Corys, Dwarf Loaches, Neons, Glass Catfish
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