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I have a 75 gallon tank. Can someone tell me about how many African Cichlids i can stock it with ? I love the blue rams. How do i get the water to the correct ph level ? Thanks in advance

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hmmm i would say 6 depends on the size of fish how big they will get i dont knw about the ph im not ph guy i never was i mostly just eye ball it and decide when it needs something lol blue ram are cool looking
 

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blue rams arent african cichlids, and are VERY HARD to keep and require very soft water. if your just starting out i wouldnt get this fish, and im sure many will chime in and agree here shortly.

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I agree 1500000000% Blue rams are very very hard to keep, even the most seasoned hobbiest on this forum have trouble keeping them alive for long periods of time. Also its easier to get fish to match your ph, then trying to maintain and match the ph for the select fish. So i suggest you get your water tested and go from there.
 

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+one. Is difficult to begin with a sensitive species such as the german blue or gold ram unless,,, you are blessed with soft acidic water. Add to that, the poor stock often found in the aquarium trade, and these little warriors become very short lived.
 

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ok guys, the ph is 8.2, This should be ok for African cichlids. The local pet store has some very nice african cichlids for sale. They are about 2 inches in size. How many should i get for a 65 gallon tank ?

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We can help you if you know the names because they are 2 inches now, however in a few months depending on the fish they may not be 2 inches :) I don't know a lot about cichlids except there is three lakes for the African ones :) I dont know if you can mix lakes either.
 

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I agree with Rohland, Many cichlids can be kept together when small. As fish become sexually mature, they will often become less tolerant of other fish even if all male or female, which doesn't happen often for with young fish,it can be difficult to sex them. Other cichlids grow quite large and are not tolerant of other fish at all. These fish are best suited for large single specimen tanks.
You would be wise as mentioned ,to research the fish that interest you BEFORE buying them. there are books available that describe the thousands of different species of cichlids and a little research will help you more than you can appreciate with respect to stocking a tank with cichlids that will all interact,, with aggression levels kept to a minumum.
Tank decor also plays a large role in helping to keep aggression levels to a minimum by providing plenty of rock work ,caves,etc. A couple fake caves will not do with more than three or four specimens. These fish need to have numerous areas to retreat to if needed, or to rest in,, or near,,. and if plenty of places are provided for fish to stake out their territory ,or hidy hole, then so much the better.
 

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How many yellow labs do have? What other kinds are you wanting? You could keek up to 8 of them if they are as followed. Labs, red zebras, johannis, demasoni's, Auratus, Ect smaller african cichlids. Thos are just a few to name. Now keep in mind what the others have stated. You will want to Research them befor getting them. You will want to add the least aggresive fish first then last most aggresive fish. like said befor...... Again you will need a lot of hiding places for them so that way they can have there own place to call home.
 

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ok guys, Thanks for all the info. The tank is full of rocks, caves i made from flower pots and cave from pvc pipe.I also bought a canister to help filter the water. Im trying to do this right. I have 8 yellow labs, They are very small, Less than 2 inches. any other suggestion will be welcomed.

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Hi there. This is my 1st reply on the forum and hope my advise can help. What Im using to maintain my ph is normal bicarbonate of soda. Ive tried all the LFS PH buffers but it worked out to expensive. Bicaronate of Soda provides a good buffer because of some driftwood I have in my tank. Ph is maintained between 7.5 - 7.9. - JP
 
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