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75gal Stocking

Postby lawdog68 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:27 pm

I currently have a 75gal aquarium, I am running a FX4 for filtration. I have started a fishless cycle. In about a month I will begin to add fish. Below is what I am looking at to add to the tank. can you please provide some opinions for compatibility and tank set up.. Any comments will be greatly appreciated...


CYNOTILAPIA AFRA (4ea)
LABIDOCHROMIS SP. "HONGI" "KIMPUMA (4ea)
ORANGE BLOTCH ZEBRA (4ea)
PSEUDOTROPHEUS SP. ELONGATUS "CHEWERE (4ea)
Metriaclima callainos 'Blueberry OB' (3ea)

Labidochromis (3ea)

Maingano (5ea)

Cynotilapia Zebroides "Cobue"

Plecos (2)

Catfish (1ea)
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Re: 75gal Stocking

Postby DJRansome » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:55 pm

Allow at least six weeks for the tank to cycle, don't add fish until ammonia and nitrite are zero.

For a 75G with mixed genders, shoot for 4 species with 1m:4f of each. Go for fish that look nothing alike and probably also choosing species that are not the same genus. So example afra, zebroides and hongi and elongatus all are blue barred fish so they look alike...choose one.

Labidochromis hongi and yellow labs are both labidochromis, choose one.

Orange blotch zebra and Metriaclima callanos are both Metriaclima, choose one.

Catfish that do well with Africans such as Synodoltis lucipinnis like to be in groups of 5.

Which species on your list is your favorite...we can suggest other species that will work well with your must have fish.

For mbuna, fill the tank with rocks and sand.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: 75gal Stocking

Postby lawdog68 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:15 pm

Thanks for the feedback it is greatly appreciated, below is my revised list…
I do have rocks and sand, I will be using, Nature's Ocean No.0 Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Live Sand for African Cichlids Natural White and CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Black sand. (I have a bag laying around, I figure I can break up the white sand a bit)
CYNOTILAPIA AFRA
LABIDOCHROMIS SP. "HONGI" "KIMPUMA
ORANGE BLOTCH ZEBRA
PSEUDOTROPHEUS SP. ELONGATUS "CHEWERE
Cynotilapia Zebroides "Cobue"
Plecos
Synodoltis lucipinnis
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Re: 75gal Stocking

Postby DJRansome » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:38 am

By the time you fill the tank with rocks to the waterline, you will not have much sand to break up.

You have 5 species and 4 of them are blue barred fish. Choose one blue barred species. For example:
1m:4f Metriaclima estherae Orange Blotch
1m:4f Cynotilapia zebroides Cobue (afra is the same as zebroides)
1m:4f Pseudotropheus acei
1m:4f Iodotropheus sprengerae
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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