Lake Tanganyikan style tank?
My parent's family friend is giving us his old tank! It's about 50-60 gallons-HUGE! (by my standards :-D) and I'm thinking of turning it into a kind of African cichlid kind of tank. I like the Calvus, the Julies, the Labidochromis, and some other fish. I also like the Peacock Cichlid, even though it's from Lake Malawi. How should I stock these and is there any other rather colorful fish i could add to the tank? Also, a fish site recommended Honeycomb limestone/Texas Holey Rock, but it's just so darn expensive! :BIGcha-ching: How do i get these stuff a bit cheaper? (without going to Texas ;-))
First of all...for a 55g tank you can keep maximum 12 fish.
Calvus is ok but any of the julies are NOT- they are too aggressive for a beginner.
You do not really want to mix the calvus with yellow labs as yellow labs cannot eat the high protein diet needed of a calvus, it will kill them, in fact any mbuna cannot be kept with a calvus unless you are experienced and can spot feed...something I would not recommend on a beginner to cichlids.
Peacocks are the most colorful but it can cause problems as they are peaceful and will get intimidated by mbuna and the calvus.
With regards to rocks, you can pretty much use anything as long as it contains no metals....lava rock is a cheap alternative, some people even DIY there own rocks...I will not go into how to wash rocks here as there are threads on the forum about it.
For a Lake Tanganyika setup in a 55g you can consider something along the lines of these...
Cyprichromis leptosoma - Group of 12.
2 Pairs of Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps
Neolamprologus leleupi or Chalinochromis or brichardi
I respectfully disagree. I have kept Julidochromis (when I was a beginner) without any aggression problems. If I were going to keep a Tanganyika tank I would go with a group of shell dwellers (pick your favorite), a pair of Julies, 8-12 Cyprichromis. I personally would not keep calvus unless they were a species tank because they are so pretty I would want them to breed.
I would agree that tangs and malawi cichlids should not be kept together.
Tangs are basically a shortened version of Lake Tanganyikan and NOT to be confused with their saltwater name sake.
Calvus and Peacocks are not the best mix as they require different water parameters. pH level of 8.6-9.1 will only stress any peacocks. Peacocks need 7.8-8.6
The Lake chemistry is completely different and should not be mixed.
You can buy Holey Rock here
darn it! :evil: i thought both were pretty cool. Do you think I could make a Lake Malawi tank instead? I think peacocks are just too awesome for me not to have them. :lol: Could you inform me on what i could do with a lake Malawi tank instead? (sorry for this sudden change in opinion. I haven't had much time to think or do my research about it, because our friend just informed us he would give the tank on Sunday.)
Thanks so so so much!
Oh and thanks for the holey rock link, Tazman! It doesn't look too expensive... How can I tell the size of the rock? I don't want it to be too long or too wide.
For a 55g Lake Malawi mbuna I would do something containing the following with a maximum of 12 fish.
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
Labidochromis caeruleus -
If you want peacocks then maximum of 9 fish.
Any of the Peacocks will work except the Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi.
For the mbuna and Peacocks, you want at least one male to several females to help keep aggression levels low and not stress one female out.
Otopharynx lithobates are also nice fish and something to consider also.
Filtration you WILL need at least 10-15 times the tank volume.
So, by "one male to several females" would one male to 2 or 3 females work, or should there be more females? Also, my local petsmart dealer told me that if you put all males, there will be no fighting because there are no females to fight over. This sounds pretty fishy to me (pun not intended :-P) , but could that potentially work? I want to have as much males as possible because they're way more colorful but i don't want dead cichlids everywhere. I still don't know exactly how big the tank is, so can you tell me what the rule is for stocking these fish? I don't really know how big they are? That way I can determine how many fish I can put in my tank. Sorry for all the questions because my library account is done, so im using you guys as my library. Thanks a lot!!!! :-D
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