Considering african cichlids tank

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toni-a created the topic: Considering african cichlids tank

Just found a 245 liters (112x45X55 cm) =65 gallon tank for a great price.
I am considering what to put inside.
We have a hard calcareous water here, so I thought a malawi tank would be a good idea.
Is it big enough ? what do you suggest to put inside ?
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

definitely big enough for a malawi tank :)

Not quite big enough yet for larger haps, but mbuna, definitely. Also, a Tanganyika community could be quite something.

What do you want out of this tank?
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toni-a replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

If I want to put fish like Aulonocara how should I proceed, how many males/females ?
I read I should overstock to disperse aggression but there's the bioload issue.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

overstocking to distribute aggression works, but makes for unhappy fish that don't move around much. It's better to follow a stocking strategy that will still have you densely stocked, but not crowded, and allows for more 'natural' expression of aggression.

The general way to keep aulonocara is to stock only male fish, of different appearance and species (if you stock two of the same, or similar looking fish, they fight to the death). But this works best in at least a 75 gallon, because of the size and activity level of the fish. You can certainly try, pick between 10 and 15 species, stock only males (a female will make aggression unmanageable) and wait. Sooner or later a fish will be too aggressive, and will need to find a new home. This repeats a few times, it is important to remove the aggressor, not the victims. If your population starts becoming less than 10, you will need to get new males of more or less the same size of your others, again looking as different as you can manage, and introduce them. Never just one fish at a time, always at least two, three is better.

After a year or so since the first too-aggressive males have left, you should start seeing lasting peace. But I don't know if lasting peace will ever happen in a 65, honestly. You'll have to be careful to pick only less aggressive, smaller species.

If you want to keep males and females of aulonocara, you need to pick a single species - all the females look the same, and hybrids are absolutely unavoidable if you stock more than one variety.
For a really nice species only tank, look at some of the protomelas varieties. A protomelas male or two would also work in an all-male setup, depending on the exact variety and how big they get.
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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

do it. :cheer:

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tehmole replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

just do it!!!!

aulonocara have some really nice colors ~ don't know much about africans, but do have to say ..they do look great with all those colors in a commu tank.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: Considering african cichlids tank

if Nina says it is possible you need to just go with it

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ehh replied the topic: Considering african cichlids tank

If the tank is 4 feet long I think peacocks will do fine in a tank that size. Most peacocks stay around the 6 inch mark.

There is several mbuna species you can out in a 4 foot tank. Again fish that stay around the 6 inch mark.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Considering african cichlids tank

ehh, a bit of an old thread here :)

Toni-a has in the mean time started up a 40 gallon with yellow labs and a fairly odd assortment of tetras and others. We shall see what becomes of it.
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ehh replied the topic: Considering african cichlids tank

oh wow im sorry. ill pay more attention to dates.
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