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Hi All,

After quite a lot of research and removal of a couple of fish that didn't settle in, I have finally got a mixed cichlid tank that I am pleased with. I currently have:

4 Labs (m&f)
3 Rustys (m&f, I think)
3 Freibergi peacocks (male)
3 Marbled peacocks (male)
1 Yellow peacock (male)
1 Tawain Reef
1 VC10 Super hap
1 Yellow Nape hap
1 Blue dolphin hap
1 Red fin boreyli
1 Zebra Obliquidens
3 Cuckoo Catfish (about 1" big)

I have made a short video so you can see the tank:


My question is - is the stocking level about right for this tank? (65G or 240L). How do you correctly slightly overstock a tank to suppress some aggression? I don't mind adding more fish, but I am mindful that the tank may start get too full some of these fish grow.

Thanks for any advice,

Ian.
 

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You're overstocked as is.
Okay, thanks. I am aware that this may be too many fish in the years to come, but I just wanted a correctly stocked tank for their current size and the size of my tank. I would have thought if you always stocked a tank based on the size a fish could grow, a large tank would look very empty for years?

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Well, you usually get more fish than what you're going to want, yes, but it's so you can weed out excess males (and females, if this is an all-male tank). So you'd start with 4-6 of each species in a larger tank and pull the non-dominant males/females to get some gorgeous males. Or you'd do 8-10 and narrow it down to 1m:5f for a harem tank.

Based on their current size, you're looking good (judging by the video). You're going to want to upgrade to a larger tank just so the haps have room to swim when they mature, or you could get rid of some of the larger haps as they start pushing 6-7" and stick to the mbuna and smaller peacocks.
 

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Im having a little stocking issues too, i have a 72gal bow front and a south american(community) id like more fish in it but don't know how much is about right and what types i should get. I like variety and right now i got two oscars about 5-6 inch and two black one pik convicts about 3-4 inch and finally a bottom feeding catfish i cannot remember the name but hes about 3-4 inch and stays hidden a lot. I recently got some great hiding space and they love it.... what do you guys think i should get next??? and how many more fish could i get? please help!!!!
 

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mROBLEZ, Two Oscars is more than enough for a 72g tank. In fact, it is too small for them given that they can grow to 12 or even 14 inches. I don't think you should get anything else except a larger tank.
 

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dielikemoviestars said:
or you could get rid of some of the larger haps as they start pushing 6-7" and stick to the mbuna and smaller peacocks.
How long do you reckon this will take?

Thanks.
 
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