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75G Cichlid Tank

Postby jonny20 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:15 pm

Hello, new to the forum. I am new to keeping African Cichlids and in fact this is the largest tank I have managed. This tank is a 75 gallon and I bought it from someone on facebook marketplace about a month ago. The person stated that all of the fish (peacocks) have grown together since juvenile. I felt like the filtration was lacking so I bought an FX4 to add to the Seacham 110 HOB I believe it is. After doing some research, I’m not sure this tank is big enough for the fish in it, especially the giraffe. To my best knowledge, the fish are

1 X male Giraffe Cichlid (Nimbochromis Venestos)
1 X male Strawberry Cichlid (Aulonocara?)
1 X male Blue Cichlid (Sciaenochromis fryeri)
2 X male Electric Yellow Cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus)

I may be wrong in these classifications though. So far, they are all doing ok except the giraffe chases the others quite often, especially around feeding time. He seems fairly aggressive but not sure. I feel like I need to rehome the giraffe but not sure again. Any help is appreciated!

Thanks again!

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Re: 75G Cichlid Tank

Postby DJRansome » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:32 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Yes the giraffe needs a 72" tank so I would rehome him.

How do you want to stock the tank? Mbuna or haps and peacocks? Mixed gender or all-male?

I find mixed gender mbuna the easiest and most colorful. You could start with the yellow labs and add females and other mbuna species.
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Re: 75G Cichlid Tank

Postby jonny20 » Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:00 pm

Thanks for the advice! I’m going to try and rehome him. I had a feeling that’s what I needed to do.
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Re: 75G Cichlid Tank

Postby DJRansome » Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:27 am

You will also want more fish as less than 12 in a 75G are likely to have aggression problems. Don't add female haps or peacocks unless you rehome the fryeri as they cross breed with peacocks. If you add peacock females, stick to one species of peacock.
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