Stocking my 55g
Well my first attempt to cycle my tank didn't go so well, so now I am doing a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I am looking to turn my soon-to-be cycled tank into a cichlid tank. I may want to try and breed them eventually. I am having trouble deciding on exactly what I should put in there, so I need your help :thumbsup: Also I am going to get all the fish at once and as juveniles so hopefully they will play nice :)
Also I am using an aqueon 55 quietflow filter on one side of my tank and a whisper 40i in tank filter on the other. I have my tank set to 78 degrees. I am using crushed coral as substrate and am going to use reef bone as the base rock in my tank.
Here is what I was thinking so far:
-5 Gold Labs
-5 Red Zebras
-1 Blue crayfish
-Some Shrimp (Haven't decided which ones yet, need help :))
-Some Snails (Must NOT be asexual, I don't want a snail infestation. Neep help with these also)
-Possibly an eel, I need help deciding if I should put one in there or not.
-Possibly a synodontis multipunctatus ( Need opinions for some bottom feeders)
I am open to any and all suggestions as well as choices for other types of cichlids I have overlooked. And if you don't mind I would love you forever if you included a picture with your suggestion :) :)
My first thought is that you're overstocked for a 55g. But then I remembered you're running cichlids so you're probably good. I'd read up on the Syndontis to see if you need a group or not.
I read up on the Syndontis and they do like to be schooled up so I would probably end up getting 3 of them if I got any. Maybe I would be better off with a different bottom feeder?
But if I decided to to just get 4 of each Cichlid instead of 5 could I introduce another Cichlid species as well?
And I did some looking around and for snails I am thinking about Nerite snails. There are a couple different types so I will get whatever I can find locally.
As far as shrimp I am looking at red cherry shrimp if I can find them.
But I still want some opinions on an eel in my tank because I'm not sure if it would get along with the other fish, especially the crayfish and shrimp.
And I wouldn't mind adding one more species of Cichlids to my tank if anyone has any ideas
I'd send you a handful of my RCS but not for this tank. Your cichlids would snap them up faster than you could say, "Jumping Jack Flash".
Hmmm I guess I didn't really think about that. Do you think I could put a crayfish in once my fish get a little bigger? Cause I think they are REALLY cool!
Well looks like my shrimp idea got shot down as well.
Could any of you suggest another cool species of cichlid?
I'm a little late getting back to the party, but I did feel like it needed to be said. I'd stick with the three species you have planned for now. If things look good in a while, you might be able to go with one more species.
But my knowledge on the lake cichlids is only second hand. Never can be too careful.
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