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African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:17 pm

So hey everyone, I have a 30 gallon aquarium stocked with:

1 pleco
1 rainbow shark
1 livingstoni (i believe that’s the name)
1 auratus
1 strawberry peacock
1 snow white/albino peacock


Is there anything else i would be able to add?

I went to my local petstore and saw these barbs thta were juveniles, they were green and they looked amazing. I don’t remember there names. Would they work or in fact would any barb work?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby james1983 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:03 pm

I would remove what you have and look for other stocking options. You have fish that grow too large for you tank, are too aggressive for your tank, and fish mixed that may have compatibility issues in the future.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby Mbuna freak » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:07 pm

I wouldn't be worried about adding more as the combo you have won't work in the long run. The liviningstonii will eat almost everythng you have in there. Personally I wouldnt keep one in anything less than 75g. You need to figure out what you can keep in a tank that size. If you want cichlids I would lean towards the shell dwellers and dwarf cichlids. Your combo may be working right now but I can promise you later there will be some major problems in that tank. But look on the bright side. It is another excuse to get a bigger tank
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:23 pm

Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

Agree the fish you have are not a good fit for a 30G...the Livingstonii needs a 72" tank and the others need a 48" tank.

What are the dimensions of the 30G?
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:26 pm

The only reason i picked this fish were because the people at the petstore told me they were good mixes. And when you say in the future, how long is that? Months or years??
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:39 pm

And also, my parents will most likely not allow me to get another tank, so if i bring the fish back to the petstore and the tank is empty (would probably keep pleco and rainbow) what else would i be able to stock it with?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby morrismorris » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:24 am

The livingstonii will eventually wreak havoc. Years ago I had one in a 55 gallon (it was only a few inches long at the time), went on vacation for a week, came back, and it was the only fish left.

Do some research on dwarf cichlids and ask others here about them. They may be an option for your setup.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:53 am

Thank you! I will try to bring them back the quickest possible and i’ll find other stocking options. Does anyone have any?

Really appreciated
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:55 am

If your pleco is a bristlenose then he should work in your tank. If he is a common pleco, they get quite large for any tank and I would rehome him.

Do a search on a website like Seriously Fish on the Rainbow Shark before you decide if you want to keep him.

Tanganyikan shellies would be a good choice. We need the dimensions before we can make other suggestions.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby Mbuna freak » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:11 pm

Some Bolivian rams maybe?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:31 am

Also my neighbour might give me some fish, they have black and blue stripes and start with “De....” does anyone know what they’re called? Also i do have a common pleco and will rehome him or i might give him to imply neighbor who has a huge tank. The size is : 36Lx18Hx12W
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:32 am

WAIT the fish are the ones that are on DJRansome’s profile picture, my neighbour might give me 4-5. Would they work?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby james1983 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:47 am

drackid wrote:WAIT the fish are the ones that are on DJRansome’s profile picture, my neighbour might give me 4-5. Would they work?



Demasoni? You normally want more than 4-5, they have the tendency to systematically kill off their on kind if not keep in a larger group.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:49 am

I’m back again everyone, after reading more i found that my auratus in my tank would end up eating all my fish. Will he attack fish smaller than him or his size? And for now the ones to watch out for are

Livingstoni
Auratus?

And my last question is in how much time am i going to need to bring them back or give them away if they’re both 2 inches approximately?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:50 am

Yes that’s what theyre called! How much would i need to keep so they don’t kill each other?10?

And would they work in my aquarium with the fish above?
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