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Stocking advice please with 5ft tank
Old 01-21-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
 
Stocking advice please with 5ft tank

Im trying to work out stocking for my 5ft long bow front tank, holds about 450litres. Id like to have a community of American Cichlids, ive found some i think may be good together but im new to Cichlid keeping so i need advice. Will any of these live well together, if so how many, what male to female ratio would you reccomend?

Rainbow cichlid
Firemouth Cichlid
Bolivian ram Cichlid
Severum Cichlid
Lemon Drop Cichlid
Parrot Cichlid
Keyhole Cichlid
Flag Acara Cichlid

Also would any catfish live with them? I was thinking a common Plec, i love Cory cats but i dont think they would do well.
I also havent kitted it out yet so reccomendations for filters and such is much appreciated :D
Thank you!
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
 
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Im trying to work out stocking for my 5ft long bow front tank, holds about 450litres. Id like to have a community of American Cichlids, ive found some i think may be good together but im new to Cichlid keeping so i need advice. Will any of these live well together, if so how many, what male to female ratio would you reccomend?

Rainbow cichlid
Firemouth Cichlid
Bolivian ram Cichlid
Severum Cichlid
Lemon Drop Cichlid
Parrot Cichlid
Keyhole Cichlid
Flag Acara Cichlid

Also would any catfish live with them? I was thinking a common Plec, i love Cory cats but i dont think they would do well.
I also havent kitted it out yet so reccomendations for filters and such is much appreciated :D
Thank you!

What fun to have that large of tank to stock! I don't know much about African cichlids, but that could be a fantastic tank. I only have one Bolivian Ram, as I've heard even a female/male pair won't always do to good together - male can harass the female to death. In the wild, they are only together with their own species during spawning. However, in a tank that size there may be more room to spread out aggression.

If I had a tank that large I'd put in a number of Bosemani Rainbow fish. Love the colors and their beauty! Are you sold on a cichlid only tank?

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Old 01-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #3
 
Yes it is so much fun! I thought my 110litre was amazing so im like a kid in a toy store! Im not settled on Cichlid only, i just love how they look and they are really interesting fish. I couldnt find any others who are so impressive looking. I tend to go for medium-large sized fish. If you have suggesstions for other fish do fire them my way
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:59 AM   #4
 
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Yes it is so much fun! I thought my 110litre was amazing so im like a kid in a toy store! Im not settled on Cichlid only, i just love how they look and they are really interesting fish. I couldnt find any others who are so impressive looking. I tend to go for medium-large sized fish. If you have suggesstions for other fish do fire them my way

The other fish that are so adorable and interesting (to me) are the Spotted Green Puffers, but you'd need to definately have a brackish tank, and it does limit you to not having many plants etc., and no other fish. Apparently, they even do best in a full marine tank when they are adults. They are also messy eaters, so I guess that makes them difficult to keep. They get pretty big, and are so adorable! Never had any, but if I ever decide I don't want to mess with live plants, they may be a fish I'll consider keeping.

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Old 01-21-2012, 08:24 AM   #5
 
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That stock list will work ok except the Lemon drop cichlid (yellow lab), they are from Lake Malawi and tend to not do so well with fish from other continents.

The fact that it is a bow front tank means you would want to limit to about 5 species, cichlids generally prefer a lot of real estate which is something a bow front does not give.

Have you considered any of the Lake Malawi species at all ? They can be housed in your tank.

Kitting it out really depends on what fish you ultimately get. For filtration aim for 10 times tank turn over per hour, so with about 120G you want to aim for 1200 gph turnover. A Canister filter or several HOB filters would work for this tank. Canister being the best option.

I have to say I am not a big fan of the blood parrots, simply because they are a man made hybrid. Severums can get large and would need to take that into account.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:27 AM   #6
 
OH i adore puffers! I just dont want to try the brackish tank it scares me i am definately thinking of setting up a tank of Dwarf puffers in the future though. And to show my dorkiness here is a video of the most beautiful Puffer i shot while i was on holiday!


The huge tank was in the lobby of the hotel and i used to go visit him everyday and actually welled up when i had to leave he was the best part of the holiday!
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:30 AM   #7
 
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OH i adore puffers! I just dont want to try the brackish tank it scares me i am definately thinking of setting up a tank of Dwarf puffers in the future though. And to show my dorkiness here is a video of the most beautiful Puffer i shot while i was on holiday!


The huge tank was in the lobby of the hotel and i used to go visit him everyday and actually welled up when i had to leave he was the best part of the holiday!
Awww. Cute guy. They do have a face and expressions to love
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:31 AM   #8
 
Didnt see your reply Tazman sorry! Yes i realise that about the bow front tanks, i was given it for free so i dont mind giving up a bit of tank space compared to paying a load for another one i have had a look at the Malawi Cichlids briefly, they are also stunning fish. If they would be better i wouldnt be disspointed with having them at all
Oh and also i was thinking of getting the Fluval FX5 external filter it says it does 2300 L/H so not big enough?

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Old 01-21-2012, 08:35 AM   #9
 
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Just throwing something out there... If you have soft acidic local water, have you considered angelfish or discus?

Social fish, and you could easily have cories...
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #10
 
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Discus need good quality water and a lot of work to keep happy but can be done if you want to keep them. Blood parrot discus are on of my favorite fish.

The FX5 is an awesome filter and will be more than enough by itself, it is rated for 600G aquariums. I have 2 one on my 75G tank and one on my 180G tank.
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