What do your nitrates look like after 14 days?PfunMo said:I currently have 28-30 Africans in a 75 running a 2217 alone. The largest are 5 Cyrtocara (hap)moorii at 5 inches. The others are 7 Lab hongi breeding group and various small growouts and 10-12 hap ahli just reaching 2-21/2 inch and beginning to color. i have had no trouble with this setup but at this point I just placed an ad to shuffle off some of the fish in other tanks so I can move some of these. The downside I have seen is that the Hongi are not coloring and breeding as well as they might. I believe this is due to the moori being larger. I do a 25% water on 10-14 days and clean the filter when I see the flow reduced. I rarely keep the same fish in this tank more than 6 months so I can't comment on the long term situation as I'm constantly changing it anyway. I keep a group and breed them until I tire of them and then switch to something else and usually only keep fry from the group that I trade off.
Group with yellow labs before trading them
Group with Hongi after the swap. See the holding female in front of the rocks?
This stocking is as much as I would want but I see no problems with it at present. I test frequently and never let the nitrate get over 20PPM.