Originally Posted by Ami
Just wanted you all to know that I got my new Marineland Emperor400 today. Aaaahhh...just love opening new presents =0)
I'm going through various websites to get the fish online. I wanted to ask about alternative stocking plans.
Would the following be a good combo? (I'm thinking of buying 7-8 of each and then giving the excess males away)
P. saulosi OR C. afra OR Labidochromis chisimulae
Metriaclima estherae Minos Reef (Red zebra) OR P. socolofi
Iodotropheus sprengerae (Rusty cichlid)
On another note, I am getting really interested in Cynotilapias. I find that there are "non-afra" Cynotilapias online (e.g. on http://www.davesfish.com/
I find C. aurifrons & C. zebroides). As a beginner, are there any I should stay away from?
P.Saulosi are aggressive and best kept in a species only tank and not really a beginners fish.
C.Afra and Labidochromis Chisimulae would work.
Red Zebra work with almost anything
P.socolofi would work with the Red Zebra and give you a nice Blue / Orange combo.
Rusty - in my opinion are an excellent beginners fish.
C. aurifrons & C. zebroides are basically re-classified afra, they display the same traits as afra.
I would personally and of course you are open to your own choice, stick with yellow labs, rusty and red zebra / afras or acei up to a maximum of 12-15 fish spread over 3 species and a 2/3 bottom feeders either synodontis multipunctus or BN plecos.
That would give you a nice yelllow (yellow labs), orange(Red Zebra), purple (acei), rust colored (rusty), blue(socolofi) combination.. Good idea on purchasing more if you cannot find sexed ones already.