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jrgrafer 02-03-2012 07:42 PM

2 Cichlid Questions
1) Why Cichlids vs a normal community tank? (im trying to decide which way to go)
2) What are good Cichlid companions for the Electric Yellow Cichlids? (if i go with the Cichlid community, thats where im gonna start.)

thanks in advance!!:lol:

Tazman 02-03-2012 07:55 PM

What size is your tank first of all?

jrgrafer 02-03-2012 08:05 PM


Originally Posted by Tazman (Post 972229)
What size is your tank first of all?

sorry, 40 gallon tall version.

Tazman 02-03-2012 08:16 PM

If you go with cichlids you would need 10-15 the tank volume for filtration.

With the labs you can add Pundamilia nyererei about 5 of them or Cynotilapia afra - 5 (1 Male to 4 Female)

And 2 Bristlenose Plecos.

Or if you go with Lake Tanganyika - Altolamprologus calvus , Neolamprologus leleupi ,Julidochromis or brichardi.

It is really personal choice as to whether or not to go with cichlids, it depends if you like them or not. They are very interesting to watch and some people like the challenge as they can be some very aggressive fish.

jrgrafer 02-03-2012 08:21 PM

soo you'd recomend keeping them in groups?

my dad had fish years ago when i was younger and am just getting back into it, so any insight is welcomed and much appreciated!

Tazman 02-03-2012 08:25 PM

mbuna which are from Lake Malawi need to be kept in groups of 1 Male to 4 female. There are some species which are very aggressive and need more females to males. I will not mention what they are as they are not suitable for a beginner.

If you like the yellow labs, then those are mbuna and as such I have offered stocking based on keeping them.

There are other cichlids so if you do a bit of research and post on here, then "we" as a community can offer you advice as to what will work and what will not.

jrgrafer 02-03-2012 08:30 PM

okay, great! thanks!

jrgrafer 02-07-2012 11:17 AM

what is recomended or usually used to hold rocks, slate, etc.. in place so that they do not fall?

Tazman 02-07-2012 02:36 PM

Put a piece of egg crate (light diffuser) directly on the bottom of the glass.. first of all. It is personal choice to use it but it gives you a safety in case the structure collapses. (Remember mbuna like to dig the substrate!)

You can use any aquarium safe silicone if you want or coral frag putty. Both will stabilize the rock, I personally dont use any in my tanks and built the structure to be rigid with the weight of the rocks alone. If you use rocks with holes in Texas Holey rock then you can always use clear fishing line as well. Make sure though if you use fishing line that the knot is tight and out of sight where potentially the fish can nip at it.

mrbprint 02-07-2012 03:59 PM

I liked the African tank for the color available. I now have a 75g with 4 yellow Labs, 4 Ruby Peacocks(1 m+3F), 2 red Zebras, 2 Bumblebees and 2 Blue Dolphins. I also have 4 Congo Tetras as dithers and everyone is fine. The Dolphins seem to be the peace keepers, if anyone gets too rambunctious the settle them down.

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