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Taking this list from the articles part, would it be still suitable for my tank? I'm guessing I'll need to reduce some numbers as this was based on a 55gallon tank. http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/t ... nity_i.php

3 Neolamprologus cylindricus

3 Julidichromis regani

3-5 Lamprologus ocellatus

3 Telmatochromis vittatus

5 Synodonits petricola (catfish)

I'm getting the aqua one eurostyle 80 which is 185l (48 us gallon). http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/aquar ... beech.html

Thanks!

Size is w80cm x h64cm x d46cm
 

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Must say thats a strange stocking list. for a 55g
Most of those are pairing fish.
So you more likely to only get a pair per tank long term.
And rather than thinking that that seems few territory holding fish types for a good 55g (as suggested in the article) tank set up I would think it is too many.
I would for sure go for smaller species of the same Genus if trying that many tang cichlid species in a 55g.
For a 48g its wayyyy ambitious in its original form. I think.

All the best James
 

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I must admit I looked up one which was 5-6 inch in length as an full adult. This did seem excessive.

I'm not new to tanks but I am to Cichlid specific ones so any help would be great.

It'll be Black Tahitian Moon Sand and plenty of Texas Holey Rock for what it's worth. From your lopcation have you heard of dartfordaquatics? They seem to be a cichlid specialist.
 

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In addition the dimensions of that tank are way smaller than a 55G. For comparison:
55G tank is 48" x 12"
Member Tank is 31" x 18"

The length is the limiting factor. I'd go with a single species tank like brichardi for a 30" tank.
 

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As I've now got the little one (meaning baby, not tank!) I think I'll have to compromise on a few things for the missus. One been a few different colours.

Should I base it on my length of tank more than volume then? It is taller than your average one.
 

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Height is really of no use for Tanganyikan substrate spawners.

This is about as far as I'd attempt to stretch things...

3-5 Lamprologus ocellatus to end up with pair or trio

3 Telmatochromis vittatus to end up with a pair.

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There are other options, outside of the fish you've listed, but I've just worked with the fish you've picked out.

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If it were my tank, I'd also add in a number of dwarf rainbows, or zebra danios, or even guppies to fill the top portion of the tank.
 

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I must admit I looked up one which was 5-6 inch in length as an full adult. This did seem excessive.

I'm not new to tanks but I am to Cichlid specific ones so any help would be great.

It'll be Black Tahitian Moon Sand and plenty of Texas Holey Rock for what it's worth. From your lopcation have you heard of dartfordaquatics? They seem to be a cichlid specialist.
Yeh I have heard of it. :wink:

Its not that those guys would not be OK together while young but the Neolamprologus cylindricus is about as good a community fish as N.leleupi (not good at all) a more suitable Neolamp would be Neolamprologus buescheri and the regani while not totally murderous except to other Julies outside the pair are better for bigger tanks. Dunno why the list did not suggest ornatus or transcriptus far more manageable territory size for a small tank.

Two or at a pinch three bottom territory holders is I think max for your tank.
To be honest I would prob just go for two that are very different if I had no back up tank.
Funny enough the list does not include any open water fish so some room there.
But tank is too short for me to recommend cyps but a group of say small rainbow fish might do fine.

Other idea is build a high up cave and try Paracyps. (To use your tanks extra height.)
Not tried these in anything under 36" so not totally sure they would be a long term addition.
Or maybe Altolamp pair.

All the best James
 

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OK, I'll ignore the list completely.

I was planning on doing almost a reef type wall up the back/maybe middle of the tank that reaches halfway poss higher.

I'll see if I can find a pic on google images that is similar to what I'm going for.

So options are limitless really, I'll use your recommendations but would like to use my whole tank (as in the height as well).
 

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Kind of like this, although the tank isn't anything like mine the design of the rock is what I'm going for. Probably go a bit higher with my extra height though.
 

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As fogelhund said, height is no real use for the tangs you have mentioned, so give that space to the missus to choose.

Your footprint is the limiting factor really and also what contingency you have if your selections decide not to get along. My experience of tangs is they are very unforgiving to bullied tankmates. If you have no contingency then I would really play it safe and go with a shellie for half the tank and rockdweller the other half. There are lots of options there and you will see lots of activity with shellies in the tank. One of the first tanks I set up with a reef wall along the back looked ok, however I was lucky to see the fish once a week. It was as if there was a curfew in the rocks!!
You could also try a tank of singletons if you want a few different types. Never been interested in that option myself, however it is an option.[/i]
 

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Was wondering, I had a similiar sized tank and I had various Tangs in it, it wasn't exactly a success :oops:
Was thinking, what about a couple of Caudopunctatus, swim all over the place, and a Calvus or two ? OR Caudupunctatus and a shell dweller of some sort ?
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Cheers, Sean :thumb:
 
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