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Old 05-16-2018, 07:22 PM   #1
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Help with stocking

Hi all

Completely new to keeping African cichlids been doing lots of research and I canít quite decide on what species I should keep together hereís what I know I want

1/ an all male tank donít wanna run before I can walk and create aggression with the possibility of breading thatís basically

2/ I want to keep peacocks as I love the colours and I believe there slightly less aggressive

3/ is it possible to have a couple of yo-yo loaches with African Cichlids as a nice change of pace at the bottom of the tank

Thanks for any help in advance the tank is 65gal and is ready for fish to be added

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #2
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These African Cichlids worked for me: male Red Shoulder & Dragon Blood Peacock Cichlids.
Yellow Tail Acei, Red Fin Borleyi, Red Top Hongi. Plenty of color, and manageable aggression.
Nice looking set up. Like the Honeycombed limestone.
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Forgot one; Yellow Lab. Very bright colored, relatively docile for an African.
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Brilliant thanks for the recommendation and Iím glad you like the set up hopefully the cichlids do to
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Forgot one; Yellow Lab. Very bright colored, relatively docile for an African.


Thanks for the advice I have ordered one of each today to be In my local store next week would 2 of each be okay in a 200L tank both of each would be male
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Borleyi and Acei usually fine to have groupings. Male Peacocks, Only one of each variety.
Male Peacocks will have vibrant coloration. The females will be a faded, drab coloration.
Yellow Lab males usually have a solid black edging to their dorsal fin. Red Top Hongi males are very colorful. The females are plain. Only one male per tank.
If your tank is a new setup, make sure it has cycled. Good luck. Keep the updates coming.
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Borleyi and Acei usually fine to have groupings. Male Peacocks, Only one of each variety.

Male Peacocks will have vibrant coloration. The females will be a faded, drab coloration.

Yellow Lab males usually have a solid black edging to their dorsal fin. Red Top Hongi males are very colorful. The females are plain. Only one male per tank.

If your tank is a new setup, make sure it has cycled. Good luck. Keep the updates coming.


Would you say Iím safe to put a small group of Pakistan loach to be bottom feeders with the cichlids and maybe a cat fish??
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IMO the YoYo Loaches would probably be Okay. Botia Modesta, or Tiger Botia Loaches might be a better choice. Those varieties are a little bit tougher. If you want a true catfish, most Synodontis varieties work well.
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