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I'm just getting back into keeping fish after a long break.
This time around I figured I should have some sort of focus on what I want to keep instead of oh that's a cool fish approach.

So it's Malawi Ciclids that I decided on.

Tank is a standard walmart special 55 gallon with the standard 48" lighting that comes with.
I've already twice upgraded the filter, first filter was a Tetra Whisperer that was anything but a whisper. Second upgrade is an AC110 which I got on saturday and already love it, going to get another one in two weeks.

I also have a powerhead in the tank can't remember what brand it's rated for moving 330 gph, and a steath (sp?) heater, have to say it's the best heater I've ever bought.

Ok on to what I'm planning to keep. I'm think along the lines of:
Pseudotrpheus saulosi (1m:3f) amd Metriaclima esthera (1m:3f)

They're pretty fish and the big thing for me is you can tell the sexes apart. There no throw in 4 fish and praying you don't get 4 males beating the snot out of each other.
 

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Are you planning on getting mature fish? If not, the saulosi will all be female colouration until the mature, and subdominant males might hold that female colouring even longer. I assume you plan to get the blue / red variant of the estherae.

How are you cycling the tank?

You will have room for one more species if you like, or more of the 2 you have chosen.

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Well, the cycling of the tank involves 3 goldfish and one koi that I saved from the house next to me that was foreclosed on, they were in the pond and were left behind. They'll be going to my girlfriend's parents pond in the next week.

Yes, I'm planning on the blue/red variant of the estherae.

I'm not sure yet if I want to go with adult or start out with juvies.
Adults I'll know what I'm getting, but then there's the joy and feeling of accomplishment of raising them from little ones that you get with juvies.

Well if there room for more :fish: I'm going to keep with the two species I've picked. Keeps things simple.
 

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I've only got two species in my 55G and that's the way I like it.

For your males, go with 1 or 3 of each species, don't try two. Make sure you have at least 2 females for each male that you have. That will be your best chance for success.

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Ok in a crazy turn of events I'm getting my hands on a 150 gallon tank for super cheap.
I'm getting it in a week, won't have the cash till next week and also have to line up my moving crew

So any thoughts on stocking a 150 gallon :)
 

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Israel2004 said:
So any thoughts on stocking a 150 gallon :)
:drool: (why is there no drooling fish smiley icon?)

That is awesome! :thumb:

Well it still come down to what you want to keep. If you are sticking with Mbuna's (good choice) I'd think you'd want more then 2 species now :p

Perhaps a large colony of demasoni with... wait that is what I want :D
 
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