For the community, you could do julidochromis and calvus, but then I would not add leleupi. For any of these I would start with 6 unsexed juveniles and plan to end up with a pair of each.
If you are more into variety than natural behavior, you might consider an all-male Malawi tank. It is a challenging tank, but really the most workable option if you want variety.
I am no longer considering the tropheus set up. I am not interested in a Malawi tank. I am interested in natural behavior over variety but was hoping for a compromise.
I feel as though I am light years away from understanding stocking recommendations because there is contradiction in some articles presented in the library and what you are recommending. Please understand I want to know the rationale for recommendations not just " this will or won't work". I will be a better fish keeper if I know why I'm housing my fish.
The cookie cutter for 75 gal has some set ups with calvus or compressiceps in a tank with shell dwellers. But the article in the library about calvus and compressiceps states not to keep these fish together because the Altos will possibly eat the Shellie's. So which is correct?
My community tank set up is almost identical to a recommended 40 gal set up by the author of Cyprichromis Leptosoma. The difference is I am considering one of the Alto and he has telmatochromis vittatus listed. Why are you only recommending the Julio and calves?
Can you explain what parameters ( not water) you use when deciding what combos of Lake Tanganyika fish to keep together.
In case I can't purchase all the fish in my "A" list I need to know how to figure substitutes that will work.
Just trying to get better understanding so I can have a tank that will thrive .. Tx