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dear folks,

need your advice here

currently i am keeping "Mixed African Rift" cichlids in my 4 footer 67gal tank.

Tank dimension 4ft*1.5ft*1.5ft 67gal
Filter is 1650L/H OHF (over head filter)
substrate is coral sand 1-2 cm deep
2 coral chips bags in OHF and PH is 7.8
4 large resin rock caves
4 large plastic plants

i have the following fishes currently: most of the fishes are 2-3 inch

1) one male yellow lab - lake Malawi
2) one male blue "red shoulder" peacock - lake Malawi
3) one male zebra obeliquens - lake Victoria
4) two N.bichardi - lake Tangayika ( given by friend)
5) one sydonitis catfish - lake Tangayika
6) two Blood parrot - :lol: (i know i know...)

due to too little fish currently there are some aggression in my tank?
particularly my yellow lab and blue peacock are aggressive.

i was thinking to max it up to a total of 20-25 fishes in this 4 footer
do you think this is crazy? :-?

i was looking at more peaceful fishes
example
1) rusty
2) acei
3) borleyi
4) Steatocranus casuarius
5) Callochromis pleurospilus red flame
6) Altolamprologus calvus (Black)

can you advice what fish will be suitable to overcrowd the tank to reduce aggression?

thanks
 

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You actually have about the right number of fish for an all-male tank. If you are not doing an all-male tank you have too many species.

Let's say you replaced the blood parrots and brichardi with mbuna. I'd choose these:
1) rusty
2) acei

3) borleyi too big even for a 75G tank
4) Steatocranus casuarius a timid fish, not sure it would fare well with your mix
5) Callochromis pleurospilus red flame an aggressive fish, needs a bigger tank
6) Altolamprologus calvus (Black), even more of a non-fit than the brichardi
 

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hi DJ

thanks for advice

i will add rusty in :D
 

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hi DJ

what fish do u keep in your all male tank?

seems like i run into aggression problems whatever i do...
how do you aqua scape to reduce aggression?

currently i have 4 large resin rock caves about 6-7 inch deep and high for each caves.
i placed all of them clutter in the center on the tank to form a hill.
2 large plastic plants at the 2 back corner of the tank
and 2 plastic plant at the center on the hill.
this setup seems bad?

should i place the rock caves and plants at each corner of the tank instead?
and the center of the tank should be free open swimming space?

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I don't think it's your aquascape that is the problem. For mbuna I fill the tank with rocks and for haps/peacocks I have 3/4 open space and 1/4 rock pile.

Note this tank has been set up only 7 months and it takes two years to judge a successful mix. Here are my fish:
Astatotilapia latifasciata Lake Kyoga 'Zebra'
Protomelas marginatus 'Turquoise'
Otopharynx tetrastigma
Copadichromis trewavasae Likoma 'Ivoryhead Mloto'
Copadichromis borleyi Kandango
Aulonocara stuartgranti Mdoka (Flametail)
Aulonocara stuartgranti Maleri
Aulonocara Ruby Red
Aulonocara turkis
Placidochromis electra Likoma 'Deep Water'
Copadichromis chrysonotus Mumbo 'White Blaze'

The most aggressive is the borleyi (3") and the Astatotilapia is #2. Some are still juveniles. When the borleyi exceeds 6" I am considering swapping tanks and putting the Tangs in the 75G and the haps in the 72" tank.

Hope this helps. :thumb:
 

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wow DJ

so you don't keep the mbunas and haps together? :eek:

maybe i keep them together that's why i have quite some aggression in my tank? :-?

maybe i will add more rock caves.... :D
 

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No mbuna with haps, except usually yellow labs work. And note that haps and peacocks want at least as much open space as rocks.
 
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