I just bought a 56 gallon tank and I'm doing a bit of research for tank mates and I'm just looking for someone else's opinion who would have more experience than me with African cichlids. (I've been into fish keeping for about 3 years now, but I've only been looking after a cichlid for about a year now. I know a bit about them but I like doing my research before I jump into something. I've never had a community tank before and I've always wanted to keep more than one fish in a single tank!)
I already have a young female Kenyi cichlid (Lake Malawi) in a 10 gallon which I will be moving to the larger tank once it's all set up. I plan to get possibly 2-3 more cichlids as well as possibly a pleco or something to help keep things clean.
I've found a few species I am interested in but I'm sort of hesitant because I've read that Kenyi are fairly aggressive. I'm not sure if female Kenyi are less are equally aggressive as males. Also wondering if it would be okay to put a female with other male of other species or would it be better to try and make a female only tank. I don't plan on breeding and I've read that some cichlids can crossbreed.
Anyway, I'm interested in the following cichlids. What do you think?
- Peacock cichlid (probably a yellow peacock) (I don't know about this once since I've read they are fairly peaceful and require certain water conditions.)
- Rusty cichlid
- Aurora cichlid
- Electric blue cichlid
- Or if anyone else has any other ideas...
As for the Pleco/something... I'm not entirely sure. I looked at some species but none that I could find would adapt well to the high pH, alkaline-type water. So if anyone has an idea?
Please and thank you!