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I am pretty new to african cichids so I can use any advice you can give. I've read everything in the library about the all male and mixed tanks but I wasnt really sure how many I should have and if any of the ones I would like to add would be bad to mix with what I have right now.

Also, I am temporarily using a 30gal tank (30x12) with an AquaClear power filter (300gph) and I do a 30-50% water change once a month depending on the water quality. I have a 75gal tank that I will set back up after I move in a few months. I started buying african cichlids in october so they havent grown very much yet. Right now there is pretty decent harmony in the tank. Occasionally I find a stressed out fish or two hanging out under the filter so this makes me wonder if I should add more fish. But I didnt want to add too many since I'm using a smaller tank.



Current Fish & their approximate sizes:
1-1/2" Neolamprologus tretocephalus
2.5" Aulonocara Baenschi
2.5" German Red
3" Aulonocara Hansbaenschi (Dominant fish)
2.5" Placidochromis Milomo
3" Copadichromis borleyi
2" Red Zebra
1-1/2" Cynotilapia Afra Chewere
2" Sciaenochromis fryeri
7" sailfin pleco (leftover from after my oscar died)

Here are a few others that I like but I would like some advice on which ones or how many more I should add, if any.

Aulonocara kandeensis (Blue Orchid) http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/a ... _types.php
Otopharynx lithobates http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=2292

Labidochromis caeruleus (white) http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1667
Pseudotropheus Socolofi (Snow White) http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1786

Tropheus SP. "Red" Moliro http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1910
Tropheus Duboisi 'Maswa' http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1865
Labidochromis SP. "Hongi" Kimpuma http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... php?id=727
Pundamilia nyererei (Anchor Island) http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=2650

Thanks!
 

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I would concentrate on getting a larger tank before buying any more fish, and if you actually read the profiles of the fish you posted links to, you would know that some are not very good choices for your setup.
 

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I agree with shellies215 and have these reactions to the fish you are planning for a 75G:
2.5" Aulonocara Baenschi
2.5" German Red
3" Aulonocara Hansbaenschi (Dominant fish)
2" Sciaenochromis fryeri
3" Copadichromis borleyi
7" sailfin pleco (leftover from after my oscar died)

These should be OK in a 75G but are already too big for a 30" tank. I'm not surprised you have aggression problems, but I would not add fish.

Regarding the borleyi I have two. One is 3" like yours and I love him. But the other is a full-grown 8" specimen and he really seems too big for the tank. Goliath is going. So I'm not sure I will love the juvenile when he grows to 8" but we will see.

These I would remove as too large for a 75G and/or too aggressive to be in a hap/peacock tank:
2.5" Placidochromis Milomo
2" Red Zebra
1-1/2" Cynotilapia Afra Chewere

I had a tret (Neolamprologus tretocephalus) in a 75G with peacocks/haps but he hid all the time and colors stayed dull so I took him out.
 

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Wendy628 said:
I do a 30-50% water change once a month depending on the water quality.
Really? How do monitor your tanks water quality? 30% a week would be much better.

Also I saw in your wish list you want some tropheus, they will get bloat and die real quick in your current set up. If you really want tropheus you could sart with a group of 15-20 (of the same varient) in that 75g.
 
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