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Thread: new tank owner

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    i have a 20 gallon tank full rock setup with 9 african cichlids all from lake malawi and all between 1 and 2 1/2 inches i am wondering if it is too crowded? i originally only had 4 cichlids but the dominant demosoni was picking on one in particular and after i added the the other five he has trouble bullying one to the point of death which is good but now im worried there is too many fish. like how much filtration should i use for that amount of fish?

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    Malawi doesn''t tend to work well on small tanks. Problem is that quite a lot of the more common species get 4 inch at least.

    Check your levels just before you water change. I wouldn't want to do this without at least 80 gallons worth of filtration

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    Sounds like an interesting tank, I would love to see a full tank shot of it.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    i am planning on upgrading to a larger tank when they get bigger. i have ordered a fluval c3 for it. would that be enough filtration?

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    They are big enough now to need a tank that is 4x the size of what you currently have...hence why you are seeing the aggression.

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    well the aggression stoppped once the population went from four to 9. i have them in a 55 now anyways but i thought it was ok to overstock africans a bit especially because of their aggression

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    Yes, it is okay to overstock africans, but even a single african cichlid will not fit in 20 gallons (with the exception of small shelldwellers and the like)

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    Quote Originally Posted by madagascariensis View Post
    Yes, it is okay to overstock africans, but even a single african cichlid will not fit in 20 gallons (with the exception of small shelldwellers and the like)
    Exactly.
    It is common practice to overstock Africans to help with aggression, but they still need enough room to swim around freely and grow.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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