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raleej337 04-09-2011 12:32 AM

cichlid mix help
for my 55gal thinking of having this mix, can't decide how many of each I need your help.

Yellow Lab
Red Fin Kandango or Red Zebra

Thank you!

amberjade 04-09-2011 05:28 AM

You can do 2 males and 6 females of each without any real issue. Like any cichlid, you may get a mean one in the mix. But just make sure there are plenty of caves and tunnels, and you should be fine. Nice mix, btw. :)
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LasColinasCichlids 04-09-2011 06:31 AM

With cichlids, overstocking is a common way to combat aggressivness. Lots of plants and caves will help a lot. The acei and yellow labs should get along fine in the tank, not too familiar with red zebras as I havent owned them myself.

Careful ratios of sexes will help greatly as mentioned above. And I too agree that 8 of each sounds about right.

raleej337 04-09-2011 04:54 PM

will 5 of each be good?

LasColinasCichlids 04-09-2011 08:13 PM


Originally Posted by raleej337 (Post 643547)
will 5 of each be good?

That should work as well, as long as females out number the males say 1 male and 4 females per group.

If aggression becomes an issue, add more of each and when doing so re-arrange the tank.

Lots of plants and caves to break up the line of sight and provide refuge for the fish.

amberjade 04-09-2011 10:51 PM

You'll have to be careful with the aquascaping - it MUST have enough caves and tunnels. A weaker fish must be able to escape. Even the females need time out from males. And yes, one male with four females is important.
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