01-08-2013, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jpbotha
I could be wrong, but in my opinion you are not overstocked with only 4 Mbuna cichlids in your tank.
Yes eventually they might outgrow your tank in the next few years, but for now I dont foresee a problem. Your filtration is sufficient with the necessary water changes.
Looks like you have the following
2 x Pseudotropheus Elongatus
1 x Yellow Lab
1 x Metriaclima estherae (not sure).
Is that all you have in the tank? Am sure I say a pleco of sort in there.
If that is the only fish, you should be fine.
According to the Aqadvisor stocking calculator your tank is 66% stocked. Only use this as a guideline and not the rule cause it depends on the type and species of fish you want to put together.
Yellow Labs want to be in a group, Elongatus is an agressive fish.
The clever people say that cichlids should be close to overstocked to control aggression.
My final opinion is - Stop feeling like a horrible person and ENJOY your fish, your tank and filtration with regular water changes can handle it.
Am sure you will receive a lot of counter arguments.
There is one pleco in there for the algae and stuff. I can take him out if need be but hes being left alone to do his thing. I havent noticed any aggression yet, the odd time the blues will chase each other but theres no biting or stuff. I am currently looking into a 55 gallon aquarium with everything for $200 but if that doesnt pan out I wont be able to do anything for a while. $200 is the max I can pay right now