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I'm in the process of setting up my first african tank and would like stocking suggestions. Using a 75G tank with a 25G sump for added water area/stability/stockability/filtration and possibly a 10G planted annex tank to filter out some extra nitrates.
I have everything planned except for the important part... the inhabitants. any and every suggestion appreciated.
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which african cichlids are you considering?? there are 3 main lakes with several diff species. i am in the process of stocking my 55 gallon with lake malawi mnuba cichlids
 

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i'll admit, I'm not very familiar with the diff. species and compatibility. I like the look of peacocks and yellow labs. I prefer vibrancy.
Any major Dos or Don'ts?
 

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i agree with you on both of those fish.....angel079 used to have, i think a 75, stocked with nothin but yellow labs and it was beautiful. yellow labs are of the mnuba species. peacocks are also from lake malawi.....i think if you stock your tank with peacocks you will have a very nice display...mollies (a member on here) is good with the african cichlids....hopefully he will chime in soon....as well as rrcoolj...they have both helped me tramendously with both my african and south american cichlid tank
 

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Thank you molliefan. Take a look at this site, read up on them. It will tell you a lot with pics Livefishdirect.com.
If i were you I would go with
2 yellow labs
2 kenyi's
2 red zebra's
for starters it is all ways good to over stock a cichlid tank to minimize agrestion. With that said. A few questions for you.
What kind of substrait are you going to use?
What are you going to decore with?
What kind of water do you have?
Also african cichlids are pron diggers. They can tear a tank up in a hury. So you will want to make sure all of you decore is down firm to the bottom of the tank. If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
 

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Lol thanks molliefan...

If you like peacocks then yellow labs would be a good mix. But you have to descide what you want. Do you want to breed these fish? If so, you can only really do one species because female peacocks look so similar that hybridization is high which you don't want. Or you could do an all male peacock tank and just pick several male peacock species you like and of corse a male lab and your all set. Like mollies said overstock the tank either way which will prevent aggression issues. Go to this website(Species Profiles) and look at the peacock section and pick like 6-8 that you really like. I would definatly order from livefishdirect.com because they will actually sex your fish for you so you can order all males or male and females of whatever you get.

Good luck on the tank hopefully we will get some pics soon.
 

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my kribs wouldn't be compatible would they? no a big deal as i have someone coming to get them today. I plan to use dark brown basic aquarium gravel and a bunch of large rock. nothing that i am remotely concerned about being torn up.
 

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oh, and no plans to breed. I will check out the different breeds. don't even have my plumbing started yet. still need to plan, plumb, create sump tank, decorate, cycle and even possibly plant the 10G annex tank before i start to stock. I want to take my time and do this really well. PLUS, don't know of many companies who will ship live ANYTHING to Atlantic Canada in the winter.
 

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email livefishdirect.com i think they will. If i were you I would use sand. as that is what is in there natural habitate.
 

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Yes use sand because in thier natural habitat they actually sift through the sand and gravel would be very uncomftorable for them. Plus IMO it looks nicer.
 

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Ok, so i am looking at a few species and would like suggestions on quantities. Remember, water wise, they will be in approx. 100G however, the main tank, and only one to hold fish most of the time, is only 75 gallon.
Blue Dolphin
Elongatus Chewere
Yellow Lab
Red Dolphin

 

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I would do 3 of each or a pair of each an one more breed
 

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I would go with one of the lesser two lakes personally, but then I go against the flow and as a tropheus breeder I am biased. There are some really cool species in all three lakes(well used to be, Victoria is kinda empty of cichlids these days :( ). If you get peacocks, only get a couple males like two, only the dominant ones will color up to their fullest and in that size tank, hopefully one will go in one end of the tank and the other in the other end. Inkspot Calvus is a beautiful fish from Tang and will go well with whatever because most likely no one will notice him and he is very distinctive in appearance. There are some gorgeous Obliquidens(sp) from Victoria you should be able to get cheaply as they breed so easy it isnt funny. Ahli's are another awesome fish to see as an adult and healthy, bright shiny blue. Frontosa's are one of the coolest fish out there, get a baby, and get one from a breeder, not pet smart. There are different varieties of them. Go for a Ziare Blue Frontosa and you wont be disappointed. All of these I have listed are very pretty "community" fish, (as close as can be said for African cichlids, and I have mixed all of them with trash tropical fish with no problems as well). Stay away from Mbunas(they are mean suckers), OB peacocks(also mean suckers), Tropheus(need a tank to themselves for aggression and dietary reasons). Shell dwellers are pretty cool for the lower tank as well, maybe not as pretty, but very interesting fish and likely you will have shells in there anyway since its a cichlid tank. Compressops, I have had with no issues at all, but I have heard varying tales from "they". Its basically a cool silver freshwater barracuda but wont eat anything that wont fit in its mouth in my experience. They call them eye biters but no one I know has ever seen this behavior or knows anyone who has and I have been doing cichilds for years. Another case of "they" said in my opinion. Dont buy your cichlids at petsmart or petco, the big boxes typically get the trash fish after the breeders have sent the choice fish to private pet stores.
 
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