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Thread: Cichlid Tank Stocking Ideas
09-29-2012, 02:22 AM #1
Cichlid Tank Stocking Ideas
I currently have a 55g tank housing 2 red zebras and 1 yellow lab. Want to fill it out with a little more color, any ideas?
09-29-2012, 06:14 AM #2
Rusties and Aceis will go ok with your current stock! Four of each would be the maximum that I would go, in my opinion. Or remove the Red Zebras, add to the Labs, and then add the Aceis and Rusties.
Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark
10-02-2012, 08:59 AM #3
Love the rusty cichlid. The coloration is stunning.
10-02-2012, 09:22 AM #4
I'm new to these fish too so can't really offer much in the way of stock advice.
I have (six of each) Rusties, yellow labs, blue johani all getting along in my 67g.
10-02-2012, 03:53 PM #5
Acei's, Yellow Labs, and Rusties are pretty calm fish. Red Zebras are a little aggressive. From my experience, 15-20 is a really good number for africans. Evening out the aggression is key. There are many ways you can do an african tank. The ones mentioned in this thread are the most peaceful africans there are. You can get away with 12-16 africans. Every tank is different.
If it was my tank, I'd do:
4 Yellow Lab
4 Red Zebra
5 Yellow Lab
5 Red Zebra
Introduce the Acei's, and Yellow Labs first. Then add the Rusties a few days later. When you get Red Zebras, buy them smaller than the others. Red Zebras growth rate is a lot higher than any other cichlid and they are more aggressive than the other species I have noted. If you get all of the cichlids the same size, your Red Zebras will outgrow them and bully them.
Make sure you have ample filtration (about 550 GPH) and if they are juvies (around 1-2 inches), then I've been doing about a 25% water change per week. Obviously test your params though.
That would be a beautiful african tank with orange, yellow, blue, and purple colors. =)
Last edited by SW Florida Kid; 10-02-2012 at 04:01 PM.
10-02-2012, 04:04 PM #6
I'd recommend mainganos and acei just to switch up the color scheme a bit. I personally love mainganos, very easy to keep and interesting mannerismsCoastie-to-be... hopefully.
10-02-2012, 09:56 PM #7
0Originally Posted by SW Florida KidThree-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark