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Thread: Stocking Ideas

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    Hi everyone,

    I've kept tropical tanks in the past and I'm looking for a change. After deciding on Africans, I have narrowed it down to Lake Tanganyika... The decision made easier after a work colleague said I could have her 2 frontosa and an electric yellow when she moves house.

    I've got a few questions. Firstly, I want to get additional fish so should I get them at the same time as my friends fish and introduce them all together or can I do this over a few months? Just thinking of territorial issues.

    Secondly, how many fish do you think is sustainable? I have a 4ft x 2ft x 1.5ft tank running an eheim classic 600 and an Otto internal filter.

    Lastly, can anyone suggest some fish that would go well with the frontosa and electric yellow? I've done lots of reading but the more I read, the more confused I get. I really just need a starting point.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Lou

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    So with a 150 US gallon tank, I would increase your filtration to at least 1 more eheim classic 600.

    Do you know what the sex of the frontosa are? What size are they? I would increase frontosa school to 1M:3F or 4 females since it is a colony type fish. This would reduce what you could put into the tank. The yellow would need a rock area to hide out since it could be killed by the frontosas once they are adult size or the opposite could happen and the yellow may nip and harass the fins of the fronts, which is why I do not recommend increasing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    So with a 150 US gallon tank, I would increase your filtration to at least 1 more eheim classic 600.

    Do you know what the sex of the frontosa are? What size are they? I would increase frontosa school to 1M:3F or 4 females since it is a colony type fish. This would reduce what you could put into the tank. The yellow would need a rock area to hide out since it could be killed by the frontosas once they are adult size or the opposite could happen and the yellow may nip and harass the fins of the fronts, which is why I do not recommend increasing it.
    I'm not sure of the sex yet, but I will try to find out.

    My tank is 350 litres which I'm pretty sure is only 90 US gallons. Is the current filtration ok for that size?

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    Whoops, I put in 48"x24"x30" to a volume calculator. Hmmm....that puts a damper on putting more cichlids in the tank. The 90g is a bit small to add more than what you will be given.

    The current filtration is ok for the 3 fish. If you add more fish, then you could need more filtration.

    You should stock the tank as if the fish were already adult size, unless you have already purchased a larger tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    Whoops, I put in 48"x24"x30" to a volume calculator. Hmmm....that puts a damper on putting more cichlids in the tank. The 90g is a bit small to add more than what you will be given.

    The current filtration is ok for the 3 fish. If you add more fish, then you could need more filtration.

    You should stock the tank as if the fish were already adult size, unless you have already purchased a larger tank.
    I wish I had the room for a bigger tank. Thanks for the advice

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    First, frontosa neeed to be kept in large groups in really large tanks. A 90 is simply too small for them, and 2 will eventually become 1.
    Next, the electric yellow is a Malawi mbuna, not a Tanganykian fish. Likely to be eaten sooner or later, frontosa are predators.
    If you want Tanganykian fish I'd recommend much smaller species, you could fit 2-3 groups in a 90.
    If you want more clorful and active fish go with Malawi mbuna, heavy filtration and massive weekly water changes, and crowd the tank with 2-3 dozen.

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