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I'm starting planning for my new Tanganyikan community tank. I really wanted a 6 foot tank, but I just don't have the room for it. I'm going to DIY a stand that will hold the 75 gallon with a 40 gallon breeder under it for down the road when some of what goes in the 75 needs to come out as pairs develop. Right now I'm just putting up the 75, the 40 will be down the line.

Since I'm putting another tank under this one I won't have space for a sump so I'll probably use a combo of a canister and a HOB along with an UGJ system. I'm picturing a few rock piles with some open sand and of course a shell bed, but no floor to top rocks like a mbuna setup.

I'm attending the ACA convention in DC in late July and plan to have the tank cycled and ready by then so I can stock it from the convention which I understand will be easily done.

What I like is relatively small fish and I would really like to have 4 species if possible (so I'm not interested in tropheus or fronts right now). I'd like to provide space where each can thrive and spawn, but raising fry will not be my priority.

I know for sure I want alto Calvus (I like black, my wife likes the warmer colors), a shell dweller (something besides multies which I already have but that will populate a shell area with their young) and some type of cyps. I'd like another rock dwelling species if possible. I've had juli transcriptus and while they look cool, I find them relatively boring. I've looked a little at caudopunks and buescheri but am totally open to suggestions.

Please feel free to make any suggestions that occur to you. I've kept cichlids for a long time, but I only have limited Tanganyika experience with juli transcriptus and multies really (though I have had a single comp. and a breeding tank of nl. brichardi the past few months.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Well norm66, you seem to be 3/4 of the way there. Your cyps should be a non jumbo variety - leptosoma would be my choice, the most colourful variant available at time of purchase. Calvus always look good and most tang communities have them. You mention caudopunks, definitely not boring in comparison to the sometimes secretive juli's. There 3 of the 4 you want. As for the shellies, similis is the only other real colony producer and they are very similar to multis. If you want shellies then try a non colonising type that one or two of their fry may survive in the tank giving a second generation. I will be setting my tang community up soon with 4x2x2 and will have similar stocking, though I may substitute the shellies with sandsifter e.g xenotolApia or callochromis. Good luck.
 

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If you want another rock dweller, I would probably scratch the Caudopunks. I have them in my 75g with Multies, Altos and T. Vittatus. Great community fish and very active, but more of an open water fish. Very seldom in the rock piles but sometimes above them. Mine use all levels of the tank.

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Tom
 

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Tom, do you think they'd bother cyps? I wouldn't mind another open water fish really as long as they didn't obstruct the behavior of the cyps.

I'm still open to other suggestions for a 4th species if anyone has one.
 

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Norm66 wrote:
Tom, do you think they'd bother cyps? I wouldn't mind another open water fish really as long as they didn't obstruct the behavior of the cyps.
I've never had cyps, but my punks don't bother any of the other 3 species in my tank so my guess is they would be fine with cyps as well. They are generally good neighbors in a community.

I'm using the canister/HOB combo as well (Eheim 2217 and AC110) on my 75g. Great combo.

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Caudopunks are good. Another shellie that is similiar to multies is Brevis. But you could get 4 or 6 gold ocellatus or pearly occelatus. Alot more actiive than mulities or brevis. They just dont let babies grow up around them. They will eat them eventually. HEre are a few fish I will be gettin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... tQ3pxwH6EQ
There are a few gold occellatus in that one.
I wish i could get these http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... qpxNL6wklI maybe secretive like julies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnuJPFxb ... detailpage alot of shellies in this vid. GOld speciosos peralys multi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... ByeAijfqEg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2GOvX0h ... detailpage
caudopunks will let babies grow up together

oh yea here are some brevis colony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQBOum2 ... detailpage
 
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