06-18-2008, 03:02 AM
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Cichlids for a 55g
Now that the 29 is up and running and slowly being stocked, I've already got my mind set on the next tank. It will most likely be a 55g, but I'll be watching craigslist like a hawk so it could be bigger. At the moment, I'm torn between two ideas: mbuna and mid-sized American cichlids. Specifically, I've kind of always wanted a Jack Dempsey. If I had a Dempsey in a 55g, what sorts of possibilities do I have for tankmates? I assume I can't get anything small enough to fit in his mouth, but I also don't want to limit my choices to a pleco. Could a pictus cat work? What about schooling fish, like giant danios or congo tetras? Would these be big enough to survive?
As for the other option, mbuna: It looks like most of the time it's best to have a very high female-to-male ratio, which would limit my stocking to a single species most likely. Could I keep all males or all females and mix species? I really like red zebras, yellow labs, peacocks, demasonis, blue johannis, bumblebees and kenyis. Would it be possible to have only males of a few of these species? I really don't know much about mbuna so any help would be great.