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Old 04-18-2014, 12:52 PM   #1
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Cichlids for 55

What African cichlids would be good to put in a 55? I am wanting to start keeping them and was wondering what would be good ones to start with.

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Do you wanna keep malawi africans or are you thinking victorian or lake tang.? If malawi than mbunas cichlids or peacocks and haps? I love peacocks and haps they are less aggressive than mbuna imo. Its your call

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Do you wanna keep malawi africans or are you thinking victorian or lake tang.? If malawi than mbunas cichlids or peacocks and haps? I love peacocks and haps they are less aggressive than mbuna imo. Its your call

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Haps tend to get a little larger, so id limit those. I have two large haps in my 55. Peacocks OR Mbuna, just research how aggressive they are. You can mix Mbuna and peacocks but only certain Mbuna work, others are way too mean.

My 55 gallon: (OVERstocked)
2 haps
6 peacocks
2 Mbuna
2 Tanzanians
1 rainbow shark
1 algae eater.
1 tropheus. (worried he'll be a problem)
1 otopharanx lithobates

The reason so overstocked, and most of them are still under growing, under 4 inches, is to weed out aggression, they don't have room to fight. My ultimate plan is to raise them all up, and keep the ones who are my favorite.
Africans are hard to come by here, so I get them when they are available.

Eventually I'm going to get my stock down to 10-12 fish, but they will all be brilliant.

I should add, I probably shouldn't have put the Tropheus in, but I REALLY wanted one, they are awesome, and I'm hoping that being in the tank as a fry it will denature him so to speak.
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