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post #1 of 3 Old 03-29-2011, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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how many cichlid for 55gal

We are moving and planning to do a new set up on my current planted tank once we moved. It is a 55gal tank and I wanted to do an African cichlid tank. I am thinking of yellow lab. What other cichlid can I house with maybe two yellow labs? I need your suggestions.

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African mbuna need to be overstocked to spread aggression, and they should be kept in groups of 1 male to 4 females. As a rough guide, you should have one fish per 2.5 gallons - with the dwarf mbuna such as yellow labs. Double the filtration you would think is a must - aim for 800+gph on a 55. Hard, alkaline water is a must, too - ph around 8.2, gh & kh 12.

Suitable tankmates for yellow labs are pseudotropheus acei, pseudotropheus saulosi, pseudotropheus polit, cynotilapia afra, iodotropheus sprengerae, Labeotropheous trewavasae - research, research, research! If you haven't had Africans before, stick with those above - they are the more mild tempered mbuna. Don't get species that look too similar - you will be sure to lose fish.

A lot of planning needs to go into African tanks. But they are worth it! :)
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African mbuna need to be overstocked to spread aggression, and they should be kept in groups of 1 male to 4 females. As a rough guide, you should have one fish per 2.5 gallons - with the dwarf mbuna such as yellow labs. Double the filtration you would think is a must - aim for 800+gph on a 55. Hard, alkaline water is a must, too - ph around 8.2, gh & kh 12.

Suitable tankmates for yellow labs are pseudotropheus acei, pseudotropheus saulosi, pseudotropheus polit, cynotilapia afra, iodotropheus sprengerae, Labeotropheous trewavasae - research, research, research! If you haven't had Africans before, stick with those above - they are the more mild tempered mbuna. Don't get species that look too similar - you will be sure to lose fish.

A lot of planning needs to go into African tanks. But they are worth it! :)
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I agree and research is not hard to come by there are also several "cookie cutter" tank stocking plans out there as well....which if your new to Cichlids, I would advice following one.

15 years of fishing/ fish tank experience that sometimes I learned the hard way....... but I'm always still learning.

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