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Hey all,

I have a 150 gallon tank I am starting to do research on stocking suggestions. I was thinking the footprint of a standard 150 (72 x 18) would allow me to keep 5 species. My goal is to stock with a variety of monomorphic and interesting dimorphic species. Here is my initial take, curious on thoughts and with how many of each would set me up for success:

Cynotilapia sp hara
Pseudotropheus saulosi or Metriaclima sp. "Msobo", leaning towards saulosi for an easier time
Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos [maingano]
Iodotropheus sprengerae [rusty]
Labidochromis caeruleus (Nkhata Bay) [probably a must have, my wife fell in love with the one I had in an all male tank setup]

Thanks for all the advice!
 

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I would do 1m:4f of each except for maingano 1m:7f.

And I would choose msobo, not saulosi with the hara.
 

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Sounds about what I expected. This will be my first tank using dimorphic species, so I am not sure how good my netting skills will be since I am not sure if I will be spending the extra money to get guaranteed males/females.

Any opinions on eventually adding some synodontis to the tank? I wouldn't add them until the rest of the tank is in place and stable. I have only ever owned some Synodontis angelicus X eupterus HB that one of the sponsors on this site has. I was thinking maybe get like 5 or 6 of the hybrids I had before or bite the bullet on the cost of some Synodontis multipunctatus. I assume that with proper filtration that I could handle the bio load of the stocking suggested above and the synodontis.
 

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Agree, don't buy the hybrids. Eupterus are more solitary and hide more than lucipinnis and multipunctatus. Also the latter are more suited to an African Rift Lake tank.
 
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