11-01-2012, 08:05 AM
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Yellow labs, Rusty, Saulosi, afra - These are the common names.
Nothing wrong with that mix except the Saulosi tend to do better in a species only tank and being nearly the same color as the labs see them as a threat sometimes and show aggression.
Instead perhaps of the saulosi, look at psedutropheus acei. You have nearly the same setup that I have in my 75g tank and all my fish get along with no aggression.
No need to buffer the tank, they will be happy in a pH of around 7.8 which is where my tank is, never buffered at all. Instead of crushed coral, although nothing wrong with using that at all, perhaps look at quikcrete play sand from home depot. A 50lb bag is around $5-8.
Stocking ratio is absolutely perfect although not always possible to achieve from a fish store. It takes someone with good knowledge of cichlids to be able to tell male and females and they are not always separated. Would you consider ordering fish online? If so I will PM you a link to an excellent seller / breeder in the states who will almost certainly be able to sell you males and females.
Add some BN plecos or synodontis Multipunctus as bottom feeders, about 3-5 and it will be perfect. Filtration is a not a problem either, cannot go wrong with over filtering a cichlid tank, I have a Rena XP4 and Fluval FX5 on my 75g as well as a 15g wet/dry sump filter.
Last edited by Tazman; 11-03-2012 at 04:23 PM..