Calvus Tank Mate
Hello every one,
I am new to this site but not to keeping fish(I am still learning tho). My question is I have a 75gal with a 30 gal sump, I am looking to keeping some African Cichlids in it. I really like the Black Calvus, but I want more then just them so I need some advice on tank mate. I have some ideas on what other fish I want to keep but not 100% sure I can here is the list(I have a bigger list at home, I cant remember them all)
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Red Peacock Cichlid
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Kenyi Cichlid
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Tretocephalus Cichlid Tanganyikan African Cichlid
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Yellowfin Borleyi Cichlid
Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid (Pseudotropheus zebra)
F0 P. fredrichsthali
Cyprichromis Leptosoma Xtreme Aquaristika......jo? samo jedan akvarijum...: ENG Cyprichromis leptosoma - beautiful Tanganyika sardines
Tropheus sp. Kiriza (Kaiser 2) ://www.flickr.com/photos/teejaybee/231642299/
so I have done some research and this is what I have found all of these Cichlids have the same water conditions, so now I am mostly worried about behavioral compatibility
from left to right name, Temp, GH, PH, Size, Location
calvus 72-82 10-20 7.8-9 6inTanganyika
brichardi 72-82 10-20 7.8-9 4inTanganyika
red peacock (Aulonocara sp 76-82 10-15 7.8-8.6 5in Malawi
Tretocephalus Cichlid (Lamprologus tretacephaleus) 72-82 10-20 7.8-9 6inTanganyika
Yellowfin Borleyi Cichlid (Copadichromis borleyi) 76-82 10-15 7.8-8.6 8in Malawi
Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima callainos) 76-82 10-15 7.8-8.6 6in Malawi
Since you like calvus and they are from Tanganyika I would do a Tanganyika community tank. For these types of setups I would aim for rock dwellers open water fish and sand dwellers/shell dwellers. Since you want calvus shell dwellers probably are not the best idea unless it is one of the larger growing species. The tets may work but they are very aggressive. A school of cyprichromis will fill out the open water nicely. I would buy like 8-10 calvus and aim for a pair or two. Then maybe a large growing shell dweller for the open areas.
I really want to keep the calvus and brichardi those two are my favorite so far. I also really like the "cyprichromis" how do you think those 3 would be in the tank? also I would like some type of catfish or scavenger, any ideas?
I found some catfish that are from Africa here is the list:
Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)
Synodontis Eupterus Catfish (Synodontis eupterus)
Upside Down Cat (Synodontis nigriventris) **this one is my least favorite
Synodontis Flavitaeniatus Catfish (Synodontis flavitaeniatus)
Giraffe Nosed Catfish (Auchenoglanis occidentalis)
The calvus and brichardi could work but brichardi especially pairs are VERY aggressive. make sure you create separate territories for them so there will be little fighting. As for catfish I would look at synodontis occelaris or multipunctatus. They are actually native to lake Tanganyika, won't outgrow the tank, and are capable of defending themselves against nasty cichlids. They like to be in groups so get at least 3.
What do you think the total number of fish I could have(my tank can handle a huge bio-load, I will run out of space before I worry about bio-load). keep in mind I don't want fish that will get over 6-7 inches.
No more than one brichardi or one pair if you want. A pair of calvus(or a small group of 6 if only getting one brichardi) and maybe 8-10 cyps. You can also do a small group of caudopunctatus for the open sandy areas.
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