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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:05 am

I might also change my common pleco for a bristlenose pleco.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby james1983 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:29 am

drackid wrote: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?


The fish you already have aren't going to work in your tank for too long, I would try to get rid of them, then try to get new fish.

What are the dimensions of your tank?

The demasoni usually works best in groups of 10 or more, they aren't really an easy fish for a beginner. You'll need to start with way more than what you need to get a good group size. Over time extra males may be pushed out of the group, they'll have to be removed to prevent them from being killed or getting sick and infecting the other. You'll need extra tanks and a place to get rid of the outcasts.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby james1983 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:31 am

drackid wrote:I might also change my common pleco for a bristlenose pleco.


This would be a great idea.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:16 pm

So if i keep

x2 peacocks
x1 bristlenose pleco
x1 rainbow sharks


Would i be able to add some demasoni,yellow labs, barbs, acei,etc..

I obviously wouldn’t add all of them but is there any that i could add(even if they’re not in the list?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby morrismorris » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:17 pm

Your tank is too small I think for anything other than dwarf cichlids, if you are going African.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:34 pm

So i would have the buy a 75 gallon or more?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby morrismorris » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:17 pm

That would be my suggestion if you want to keep the cichlids you are listing.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:23 am

Alright and in general, do demasoni and yellow labs work with the fish that i have. Or even shell dwellers?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:52 pm

I would not mix demasoni with the fish you have in any size tank. Yellow labs could work with peacocks if you had a 48" long tank.

I would not mix shellies with peacocks or a rainbow shark. Or yellow labs or demasoni.
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:19 pm

Ok then what would i be able to put if i had a 75 gallon tank with the same fish that i currently have but minus auratus and livingstoni
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby DJRansome » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:40 pm

What about a 55G with 1m:4f Labidochromis caeruleus and 5 male peacocks? You have one white and one red. Add a yellow and a blue. Maybe instead of the 5th peacock you go for a hap like Placidochromis electra?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:12 am

would this work in a 75 gallon?

x2 peacock
x8 demasoni
x4 yellow labs
x1 tire track eel (juvenile) maybe i’m not sure yet
x1 rainbow shark
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:33 pm

Actually never mind for the eel, it’ll most likely look like this:

x2 peacock
x8 demasoni
x3 yellow labs
x1 rainbow shark
x1-2 common pleco
x3 p acei



And my 30 gallon, well the glass is dirty, what can i put to clean eat? My pleco seems to always stay at his up and not regally clean up, i think he’s scared of the cichlids! So what can i add?
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby drackid » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:52 pm

And anyone know anything about Leopard bush fish or Spotted climbing perch
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Re: African Cichlid community tank

Postby Cyphro » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:01 pm

They are not good fish for aquariums because they always hide and often don't eat. They can't tolerate light either.
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