asst african cichlids
i want to setup a 40 gallon tank w/ asst african cichlids... the LFS only has them named as asst, but no names or scientific names... i looked it up on google and i think its Labidochromis...
my water ph: 7.4 (working to increase 7.8 or higer)
tank temp: 78 degrees
size: 40 g
lot of rocks and caves...
what else do i need for this species. i am gettin 12 asst fishes.
can i add any other tank mates, if so what? (pleco, loaches, etc)
No loaches or plecs for this type of tank. Synos would be your best bet.
BEWARE THE ASSORTED CICHLID TANK!!!!!! There are some unscrupulous lfs's that place mixed breed fish from local breeders in these tanks. There are also some Wholesalers that are of the same cut of cloth and ship these fish out to there client lfs's. However, this is not always the case, and if you feel your lfs is reputable and honest, by all means buy. The fish in these tanks at my lfs's are from reputable dealers and are the fish left in tanks that are being emptied for fresh stock and just placed into a "community tank" of sorts.
The great thing about buying "Assorted Cichlids" is the price. These fish are normally smaller and much less expensive than their bretheren in adjacent tanks that are identified. So, just beware. One thing to add, make sure that you have a good source to identify the fish. This can be tricky, like in the case of L. trawvasee and L. feulleborni. Bothe look terribly alike when young.
can i introduce any other species with cichlids, or just an exclusive cichlid tank.
A few stronger Catfish will survive, and same with some bigger fish like tinfoil barbs, large Red tail sharks, and other things that are fast and bigger then what you have in the tank.
I have lahachatas and larger clown loaches in two seperate cichlid tanks. They are just ornery enough to keep the cichlids at bay. The loaches make a very audible "clicking" noise when there is a comotion in the tanks. I also use synodontis' in all of my African tanks. You must beware of which Synodontis you choose. Some synos are egg predators and and cichlid eggs are their favorite. Some even will lay their own eggs among the cichlid eggs for the momma cichlid to raise. Neat, huh?
please read this article:
when you're done, read it again.
I have to disagree with most posts on this thread, I find loaches do excellent with african cichlids, I have had four in my african tank since the beginning they are never harassed and if they are, they dont realize and start to play. And also bristle nose plecos that eat algae also do great in african tanks. :D
Which African cichlids did you mix your loaches with, Sean? Which loaches did you keep? Have you actually read the article by Emma Turner? I find the statement that loaches do well with cichlids rather too broad. There are hundreds of loach species that exist and many actually do not do well without being supplied with powerful currents, temperature meted, plenty of oxygen, etc. Lake Tanganyikan cichlids are usually more mellow than Lake Malawi but mixing them with loaches is still not considered clever enough even if you think you can get away with it. You are free to mix them if they work for you however this is not strictly to be encouraged but that's how most loachaholics are similarly to puffer enthusiasts. Loaches can be mixed with several fish species. African cichlids however along with other monster predators are just not one of them.
No matter what your opinion may be whether you chose to agree or disagree, there will always be mixed opinions. Regardless, we just try our best to encourage or discourage the best we can.:wink2:
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