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A little background: I have a 55g (my first tank - got it last December) with 4 yellow labs, 4 ps acei, and 3 joanjohnsonnae and one hap - a venestus. They're all still juvenile, so i'm not positive of the sexes yet. The cookie cutter suggests only adding 3 species in this size tank but i really wanted to get 3 or 4 either afra or some demasoni. Would either of these cause a problem (the tank is pretty peaceful now)?

Also, there are a lot of afra species (?) i.e. cobue, jalo reef, etc. How different are these species as relating to compatibility? I'm asking because the LFS often has different or ambiguous names and i may not know exactly which afra they have. Is there a certain afra that should be avoided?

Thanks for any input,

Marc
 

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I am biased towards Afra for 3 reasons:

1. I love them, especially Cobue, and am intending on setting up a dedicated Afra tank soon

2. Down here in Australia at least Demasoni are becoming so very painfully common, kind of like the aggro blue version of the yellow lab

3. You can't just do 3 or 4 Demasoni or you'll end up with a massacre. Most people suggest you need 12-15 to spread out the aggression (and even then pray to whatever god you worship that only a couple of them are males!)

So for all those reasons, for me it would be a unanimous points decision to the Afra corner.

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I would wait until you have those fish in the tank for over a year before you decide if the recommendations were wrong and you want to add another species. They all play nice for the first year and then whammo!

Of course if you don't mind getting rid of fish in a hurry when trouble starts (it's an overnight thing once the time is right) then you could enjoy another species in there for a couple of months.
 

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I agree with DJRansom give it another 6 months before deciding on adding any more fish.
When the time is right i would add some Afra possible the Chewere variaty or something very similar looking. Some of the female Cyno's can look a bit bland such as the Cobue's, you will only get one good looking fish. Jalo reef are very attractive.

Consider some of the Elongatus variaries, I have the Mpanga's and they all colour up very nicely, The one dominant male obviously extremely well and the rest of them poccess very nice colouring, even the females, which sometimes will colour up as if they are male....To me very appealing fish.

If you get Demasoni you will have to get alot. In my part of Australia they are very rear and expensive, very nice fish but don't really appeal to me at the moment......Check out Maingano's instead of i say
 
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