Tropheus Or Asst. African 55 gal
I took the wife into the LFS over the weekend to try and finalize the fish selection for our 55 gal which will be getting setup in the next few weeks.
Which Africans would work well in a 55 long and how many? I know an African colony would be best in groups of 10 or more, but most of these fish get 5"+ in length...
I personally love Lake Malawis because there is so much variety. The display tank at the pet store I work at houses Kenyi, Msobo, Yellow Labs, Rustys, Elongatus, Red Zebra, Albino Zebra, Acei, Yellow Fin Boreyli(cant spell it) Cobalt Blue Zebras, and Venustus. The tank is gorgeous , has tons of color. Id say 10-15 in a 55gallon is fine. If you get closer to 15 fish I would have extra filtration. Theres supposed to an inch of fish per gallon so, 11 5 inch fish is fine but they are thicker bodied than tetras obviously so they will produce a lot more waste. I would have an extra smaller filter along with the one for the 55 gallon just to be safe. Have fun picking out your fish.
It's possible to do, but that will be a very heavily stocked tank. The inch of fish per gallon rule doesn't really apply here, as cichlids produce a ton of waste even for their size. In in a 55g tank that heavily stocked, I would want filtration of around 800 gph total. Two Emperor 400's would be perfect.
I just had my tap water tested at the LFS and the PH out of the Tap is at 7.6. Do you think I need to buffer the water any higher and if so how should I go about buffering the water up to 8.0? I was thinking just getting one 20 lb bag of ECO-Complete and adding that to the sub straight.
You could buy some crushed coral and put that in your filters. It has a lot of surface area so it makes decent bio media, but it also will raise your pH and hardness to accommodate the fish better.
Should I or Could I add some sort of Pleco or Cory into the tank along with the cichlids without them being bullied to much? Would the be beneficial in anyway (cleaning up some of the excess food)?
If you feed the fish properly, there will be little uneaten food. The problem with a pleco is that it would have to be rather large to keep cichlids from harrassing it and they produce tons of poop which works against maintaining water quality. Synodontis may work for a while but would eventually need larger tank but hey! You will have an excuse to buy another larger tank !!:-)
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