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Stocking advice

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 3:03 pm
by mnm

Looking for advice and tips please,

I am considering setting up an 520 litre African Cichlid tank. When it comes to stocking I am getting conflicting advice and looking to iron a few things out as-well as gain any tips for the aspects I haven't considered yet. I am new to Cichlid's but have success with tropical fish..

I have read ranging advice on how to stock a tank from buying & introducing ALL your fish in one go to one by one over a lengthy time period. I understand I should keep fish from each continent separately but have read conflicting advice on mixing the varieties located around the continent of choice. Am I correct in believing I can stock my tank with any African Cichlid, as long as my water parameters and environment suit all fish considered?

Am a also confused to how many fish I can comfortably keep in my tank. It's 5' x 2' x 2' = 520 litres and will eventually have 2 external filters running.


Re: Stocking advice

PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 9:45 pm
by Clare
Give us a list of what you like the look of, then we can tell you if it would be ok together, you have alot of room to play there.

have a look at what we breed and see if there is anything you like ?

Re: Stocking advice

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 9:59 pm
by bradderz123
My understanding (although whether the size of your tank changes things I don't know) has always been to stock all at once. From my experience this doesn't allow territories to be set up which will then be defended against - which would happen if you stock in drips and drabs.

I have changed certain fish here and there, most recently adding the Lithobates and Taiwan Reef, and it did upset the tank for a good 3 weeks whilst the Lwanda staked a claim on being 'top fish'. Prior to these additions a Firefish was the king (and accepted as such by the Lwanda) but he was one of the fish I changed. Make a change and new power struggles can occur.

I've seen tanks with cichlids from different regions - so whilst ideal conditions do suggest different water requirements fish can adapt clearly. However just because something can happen doesn't make it right. Personally I kept Malawis previously and had all out wars because LFSs gave me poor advice. This time round i found this forum and decided to put my faith in Tony and Clare - for over 3 years now I've had a compatible selection of fish so I've never regretted that decision and their choice of available fish is large.
As a point of interest I've not seen Lwandas in shops I've been to nor Red Top Ndumbis so you can also get fish that aren't imho run of the mill.