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I have a 75 gal tank with 2 demasoni's 1 ice blue 1yellow lab 1 ruby peacock and 1 grey with black stripes not sure what he is. Just wanting know what else I can put in with these I'm nes to cichlids and just want to get the full use out of my 75 gal
 

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canister filter is the way to go!
Yup, one big one or two smaller ones. With your African cichlids, I think you should get 2 canisters rather than 1.
 
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I have never used a canister filter are they hard to maintain
I clean mine twice a year. There is nothing easier, in my experience. Cleaning them is a bit more work than with HOBs, but on the whole they are very easy.
 
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Sounds great Ill just have to find a couple thats easy on the wallet
Look no further.... There is a brand of canister filter on eBay called sunsun (also sold under different names, like aquatop) that I like very much - I have 4 of them. They are the white filters (do a search for canister filter).

There are 3 sizes - 265 GPH, 370 GPH and 525 GPH. I would do at least two of the 265s, if not one 265 and one 370. We're it my tank I would have two 370s on it.
 
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I am not knowledgable about African cichlids, but I'm pretty sure that in a 75 gallon tank you can have like 15-20 fish.
 

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I'm not familiar with what you can put with african cichlids, but I see people mention syno euruptos and other synodontis catfish. I've seen a number of accounts of plecos getting their eyes pecked out by the cichlids. Bala sharks grow way too big for a 75.
 

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2 x Rena XP4 and you would be good with filtration on a 75g tank. As I mentioned in the PM you sent to me, you cannot over filter african cichlids, they need it as they are messy.

15-20 fish in the correct ratios is very reasonable, sadly though what is not reasonable is your stock :-(

1 yellow lab - need to be in a 1 male to 4 female ratio otherwise they would pick on each other, single fish are not really ok as they can get stressed
2Demasoni - BIG flag on these unfortunately. First they are very aggressive and if you have 2 males, once they mature to adult size they will kill each other. They need to be i male to 7-8 females, that way the male has multiple females to harass once in breeding mode.
1 Ice Blue Zebra peacocks - Any peacock is not a good choice to house with mbuna *the other fish above), peacocks compared to mbuna are very sedate and will get stressed easily.
1 Ruby Crystal peacock - same reason as above

If it is possible to take the fish back and exchange them, perhaps look into more yellow labs, pseudotropheus acei (yellow tail), cynotilapia afra, rusty and red zebra *red zebra will cross breed with the labs, so you wouldnt want to sell any of the fry).

What age, length are the demansoni, you might be able to keep them for a bit if they are very young.

Eel is not a good choice at all, mbuna will not hesitate to attack it and kill it.

As I mentioned, Bristlenose plecos, synodontis Multipunctus are good bottom feeders and cleaners, bare in mind though they need a piece of driftwood to keep them happy.

If you want to go the sump route, look at doing a wet dry filter rather than a full sump, wet dry can be made very easily with just a few bucks on boxes from walmart and other stores.

Benefit of having a wet dry is the surface area for good bacteria is enormous compared to conventional filters even canisters.

Did you cycle your tank also? If you are unsure as to what cycling is, you can read up here.
 

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Bala sharks are not a good mix with cichlids, they can attack and kill them. They also do better in a 125g or bigger tank as they need the 6ft (72") length.
 

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I am going to merge the two threads you have created and move the other one to the cichlid section seen you have cichlids.
 

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I bought the demasoni and peacocks from breeder on craigslist and believe it or not he didnt say anything about not being able to keep them together
 

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Sadly a lot of people fall into this. Breeders who sell to pet stores tend not to use Craiglist to sell their fish.

It may or may not work, you can by all means try it, what doesnt work for some may work for others. You will be able to tell within a fairly small space of time if it is going to work or not.
 

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Yes..75 gallons is good for more Africans cichlids. But make sure you know exactly what kinds they are before you buy them so you know they are compatible. And if you want a non cichlid in there a decent sized African feather fin catfish would work great with them.
Taz is right the peacocks need to go. I have one with my Mbunas and I was a little grateful "he" turned out to be a she so I can return it.
 
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