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Canadian Fish 04-21-2012 07:23 AM

Stocking Sugestions for First Time Cichlid Keeper
Hi, I am contemplating setting up a 90 Gallon Cichlid aquarium. I have no experience with cichlids. I keep platies and corys in a 20 gallon tank, and Rainbowfish and Zebra Loaches in a 55 gallon tank, so I have some experience fish keeping but my experience is all with hardy, easy fish to keep.

So I am looking for suggestions on which Cichlids (and how many) can be kept together in a 90 gallon tank. Preferably some of the hardier, easier to keep cichlids, if there is such a thing.


Tazman 04-21-2012 07:40 AM

Iodotropheus sprengerae ( Rusty)
Labidochromis Careleus (Yellow Labs)
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
Metriaclima estherae (Red Zebra)
Cynotilapia afra

Are ideal fish for beginners into cichlids (the above are all Lake Malawi Cichlids / Africans)
African Cichlids are not pairing fish and to help spread aggression, stocking is usually comprised of a group of 1 male to 4 or more female.

In a 90 tank I would look at getting 5 species of about 20 fish maximum, so 1 male to 4 female each.

You need to over filter African Cichlids which require 10-15 times per tank volume turnover per hour.

There are also Central American which could included a stocking of
1 pair of each
Hypsophrys nicaraguensis - Macaw cichlids
Amphilophus margaritifer
and a school of Tetra about 15-20

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