Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 05-02-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
djbrefik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 76
Adding Cichlids

Im currently cycling a 125 and will be filling it up with cichlids and peacocks. I currently have a 40g with 7 mbunas and peacocks in it. Should I add them and the new fish at the same time or separately?

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________

__________________
djbrefik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
bmarine's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 988
Usually, when stocking, people add about 2-4 fish in the tank at a time so one isnt usually singled out, and then your tank is able to get used to the bioload difference. I would probably not put all 7 in at once.
__________________

__________________
bmarine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mebbid's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,593
If you are fishless cycling the tank then it's safe to add the entire tank stocking at once as the beneficial bacteria will be built up enough to handle the bio load of all those fish. It's actually the best practice to do it this way for african cichlids.

I would like to point out that it's not the best idea to stock peacocks along with Mbuna as the mbunas are much more aggressive.
__________________
"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations." -Occam's razor
Mebbid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 04:06 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
djbrefik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 76
I underztand that, Mebbid. 2 of the 7 that I have now are 5" mbunas and the rest peacocks. Ill just make sure that the peacocks have a size advantage over the mbunas. Also, you say that I can add all 7 to the 125 at once...but ill still have to let it cycle completely first, right?

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
djbrefik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 04:34 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mebbid's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,593
Assuming you are talking about a 125g tank then my suggestion is to do a full fishless cycle and then fill the tank to capacity with fish. This should be upwards of 40 or so cichlids depending on size. Doing this will overstock the tank not allowing any cichlids to establish a territory and greatly reducing aggression. You need a TON of rockwork for that many fish though.
__________________
"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations." -Occam's razor
Mebbid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
djbrefik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 76
My thoughtz exactly. Unfortunately, cost might be a factor when stocking that many fish. Although I have thought about geti g a buch of unsexed mbunas which would make them small enough and be cost effective. Theres also a landscaping company close by and ive been buying a buch of limestone for this tank. Probably not necessary to provide numerous caves in this situation, right?

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________

__________________
djbrefik is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cichlid, cichlids, ich

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Considering adding dwarf cichlids to a 27 gallon Midnighttang Cichlid Discussion 19 06-19-2012 11:15 PM
Adding driftwood AFTER adding fish? kindafishy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 10-03-2011 02:42 AM
Adding cichlids to my 20 gallon tank krgoglia Cichlid Discussion 3 05-27-2011 09:06 AM
cichlids cichlids cichlids!! but what are they? mr funktastic Cichlid Discussion 57 01-31-2006 07:07 PM
Adding sand...adding LR...questions! dansemacabre Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 08-31-2003 04:00 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.