Any mid to top swimming africans ?

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poelinca created the topic: Any mid to top swimming africans ?

First of all, HI GUYS it's been a long time since i've been on the OFL forum, hope everybody is good and happy with their tanks.

Anyway, i am a bit bored with my current setup and i'm thinking of switching to africans. The ones i like the most are shell dwelling (with my current setup i think i can house "hundreds" in the 210 G), however having the bottom of the tank full with them what about the mid/top portion of the tank witch will not be used ?
What can i keep up there that won't interfere with the small colonies at the bottom ? I need some kind of fish (preferably africans) that will stay active at the mid/top part of the tank and won't be easily scared by the two cats who like to drink water from the tank.

The only small shellies i can find at the moment in my area are ... none, but close enough would be Brichardi and/or Daffodil. Are they happy to live in large shells ?

p.s. the footprint of the fish tank is 86.6" x 21.6"
p.s.s. it's just that i'm bored, might not go thru the whole process but i always wanted some shellies and now it would be a good ideea to start researching into this topic
p.s.s.s. thanks in advance ;)
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Any mid to top swimming africans ?

that tank would be sweet for a shitload of mbunas, get some nice groups in there, yellow labs, pseudotropheus socolofi, iodotropheus sprengerae and pseudotropheus camelot. benefit is you do not need shells, just rocks. And with that kind of setup, you'll have a rainbow of colors swimming in your tank.

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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re:Any mid to top swimming africans ?

Shell dwellers would be about all you can put it, the problem is most mid/top dwelling fish are open water fish which means they are predators and hence why they swim in the mid/top where there is no cover
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poelinca replied the topic: Any mid to top swimming africans ?

@gorgorth Too many rocks needed for them mbunas

@Big-Ken sounds about right, so it's a no go for me

I'll think about rescaping the current setup and maybe switch for some more active fish, the current ones i have only come out when they are hungry, that's why i am bored with the tank, you do not see any movement whatsoever except for the feeding time.
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Any mid to top swimming africans ?

in your size tank you could also keep some malawi predators, i'm thinking of the following:

3 Dimidiochromis compressiceps
3 Nimbochromis venustus
3 Mylochromis gracilis
and if you feel like having a pile of rock in the middle of the tank, you could put in a nice school of 10-15 labidochromis caeruleus, which will breed easily and provide food for the other fish :)

the rocks don't need to be real, there are some very cheap fake garden rocks that you can use in the aquarium.

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