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Hey guys,
Sorry for such the broad topic, but i really need to figure out what i will stock my 50 gallon aquarium with.

I want very active, colorfull, and enjoyable africans,
So can you please help me figure out what to stock my tank with!!!
 

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What are the dimensions of your 50G?
 

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its flatback but its like 36 by 19* 19*
Not Exactly sure but its a flatback and its one i bought from a guy he said its like either 47-50 gallon, but according to when i put in water it was 50 gallon, 9 1/2 bucket fulls inside the tank (5 gallon bucket)
Ill measure it to the exact measurements when i get home.

and another thing is...
THinking of cool fish i like, like:
Yellow lab's
Acei
Ice blue zebra's
Peacocks
and zebras,
and just rlly perty cichlids :D
 

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Well the 36" length is going to give you some limits you may not be happy about. And the non-rectangle shape may be limiting as well. The gallons don't matter much...it's really the footprint that makes a difference because each male fish wants to claim a territory on the substrate.

Depending on the measurements you provide once you get home, I'd start thinking in terms of a single species tank, stocking with dwarf mbuna.

From your list, yellow labs (Labidochromis caeruleus) would be good, but acei (Pseudotropheus acei) would be too big for a 36" tank because they mature at 7".

Zebras (Metriaclima), including the ice blues (greshakei) mature at 6", also not an ideal fit for a 36" tank. Pseudotropheus saulosi or Cynotilapia afra might be a better fit for your tank.

A small timid peacock like Aulonocara baenschi could work.
 

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Ok thanks for those suggestions, after school today, i will come home and measure it exactly and then post the measurements.
 

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But you said it was a "flat-back" which made me think it was a hex or corner tank...not a rectangle.
 

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Ok, messy to measure. What is the length of the flat panel on the front?

And what is the length of the flat panel on the side.

I get the longest dimensions are 36" x 17". Now I'm looking for the shorter dimensions to reflect those chopped off corners.

Are the sides 12" or more? If yes, one dwarf species should work.
 

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Like the sides, and i think that may seem right.... 12" i accually think it may be 14...

Does the deminsions really matter in a Lake Malawi tank?
 

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Absolutely. You are trying to figure out how many territories there are on the bottom of the tank for males to claim. A territory can be anywhere from one square foot to three square feet for one fish depending on the species.

So I would stock like a standard 36" tank and go with the one species of dwarf mbuna, and maybe add some labs.
 

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Ya, thats what i was planning on doing...

Tell me what you think of this...
a zebra or 2 1m/1f
lab's 4, 1m, 3f
Maingano idk how many thos prob same as lab's

THink that would work with 3 males, and rest female's?
 

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Zebras (Metriaclima) are better in a 48" rectangle tank with 1m:4f because they mature to 6" (not dwarf) and are medium-high aggressive.

Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos (Maingano) are better in a 75G tank with 1m:7f as they are very aggressive.

You could do a lab species tank with 1m:5f in your 36" long tank.
 

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coming back to this post. What would be some other types of dwarf peacocks that i could add to the tank??? because i am intrested in peacock cichlids as well as lab's
 
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