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New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:24 am
by karpomatic1
I'm changing my 125 over to an African tank. I have the opportunity to get a school of 12 to 15 Synodontis Angelicus relatively cheap. Knowing that they hide quite a bit, I am looking for recommendations on what free swimmers I can have that would be compatible. I was thinking of Congo Tetras but wanted to know my options on not very aggressive cichlids. I thought about Frontosa but the water parameters are too different. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:03 am
by Roos421
"recommendations on what free swimmers I can have that would be compatible" all depends on various things.

mbuna cichlids only tank?
Or haps/peacock tank?

I am sure many more folk pull put there bobs worth in.

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:23 am
by punman
I know lots about frontosas but not too much about Synodontis Angelicus.

I don't think the water parameters are too different to be a problem.

My concerns would be that I hear Synodontis Angelicus can be aggressive and frontosas (except at times amongst themselves) are not. Diet might not be a problem if you are feeding a good quality pellet to both but if you are using blood worms and so on for Synodontis Angelicus , then no to the frontosas. If you want to breed frontosas, then Synodontis Angelicus could interfere.

Frotosas are usually bought as a specialty fish - the main focus - not as an add on.

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:19 am
by karpomatic1
I'm not looking to breed anything. If it happens then it happens. I'm open to any suggestions as long as they're not overly aggressive.

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:37 am
by DJRansome
Why not cater to the Angelicus and do a Congo/riverine tank?

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:48 am
by james1983
Angelicus get pretty large and mine is more of a loner that doesn't seem to care for other catsfish. The African river tank is a great idea though. Congo tetras, rope fish, butterfly fish and a cichlid like buffaloheads would make an interesting tank.

Re: New Setup Recommendations

PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:13 am
by karpomatic1
DJRansome wrote:Why not cater to the Angelicus and do a Congo/riverine tank?


That is my current thought. I am just weighing my options besides Congo Tetras. The focus is on the Angelicus but I don't want the tank to look empty when they're hiding either. I bought some small powerheads to add current to the tank for that river feel.

james1983 wrote:Angelicus get pretty large and mine is more of a loner that doesn't seem to care for other catsfish. The African river tank is a great idea though. Congo tetras, rope fish, butterfly fish and a cichlid like buffaloheads would make an interesting tank.


The Butterfly fish is an interesting possibility. I'm not digging the Buffalo Heads though.

These are good ideas. Please keep them coming.