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Old 01-13-2010, 04:33 PM   #11
 
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thanks for the info,

600 liters translates too around 200gph whcih aint much considering the stock you want and your tank size. You might have to get a higher rated filter and you will need to step the water changes up to 40-50%.

For my mbuna 55gallon tank, I have an aquaclear 110 and an xp2 canister with a combined gph of 800 or around 3000liters per hour and i do 50% water changes weekly. My stock includes...

3 red zebra
3 socolofi
4 yellow labs

all are between 1.5 and 3in in length. Keep this in mind when doing your tank. Yes it's good to overstock an african cichlid tank but you MUST over fliter also to compinsate for the bioload or life is going to be hell keeping that tank clean.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:48 AM   #12
 
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seems like a lot of work for 10 fish
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:55 AM   #13
 
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Those ten fish can grow to 5-6in in length and have a huge biload considering the way they eat. If you want to overstock you must over filter. A pair of jack dempsey's would need around the same amount of filteration and that's only 2 fish. It's not number or size it's bioload and cichlid usually have a very large bioload.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:20 AM   #14
 
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ok so say i went and got a 1000 LPH filter to got with my 600, how would i install it in the tank?
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #15
 
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Depends on the filter. What kind are you looking at? If the fish are small the bioload won't be as high so you could wait a little while until the fish get bigger to get more filteration. But make sure you keep up on the water changes.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
 
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ok but surly the slower the pump pumps the water trough the filter is better, if its faster it woulnt filter aswell would it?
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:25 PM   #17
 
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I don't want to complicate things but each filter works different. Like i have a canister filter rated for 300gph although it probably dosen't move that muc. water. But because of the media in there it filters and cleans the water very well. I also have a HOB power filter rated at 500gph. Although it dosen't "polish" the water quite as well, it moves much more water and helps keep the water in my tank circulating. Power is just as important as cleanliness. Both filters filter the water well. By no means is a filter bad because it has a high gph rating. You want a ton of turnover in your tank meaning the water is constantly moving through the filter.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:43 AM   #18
 
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Hey guys, so i just got back from the fish shop and ended up commin back with 3 new clients lol

2 Parrot's
1 Convict

Tank looks awsome with the new guys in there and they seem to be fine with the others.

So now i have...

2 Parrot
2 Yellow Labs
2 Acei
2 Red Zebras
1 Maingano
1 Livingstonii
1 Pleco
1 Convict

so advice is to get a higher power filter? i might get the 1500 LPH to replace my 600 LPH.

Sound good?

Thanks Dan
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:00 AM   #19
 
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Your stock list looks descent but be careful with those livingstonii. They are open water malawi haps and might eat you other fish. Also they need plenty of room to swim. They get around a foot long. I thaught you were going to buy mbunas so this changes things a bit. I personally don't like mixing CA and african cichlids but each to his own opinion. The fish you added will like a little more protien than your mbunas prefer so be careful with that. Good for you only getting one convicts. You don't have to replace the filter just add another to the tank.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:43 AM   #20
 
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thanks for advice pal. if instead of getting another filter, what if i was to get a higher powerd pump?
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