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Old 10-24-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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Lake Tanganyika Cichlids

Hey guys, i just got a 72gal bowfront tank, & wanted to do something with this lake.. I like some of the tropheus cichlids, how would i stock this tank? My filtration is a sump & marineland 330 biowheel. Thanks for the help!
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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You could do a lot with that! Make tons of caves and maybe some anubias plants!
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Well, I certainly don't know a lot about the Tanganyika cichlids, however in looking at the cichlid sites recommendation for a 75 gallon tank (closest cookie cutter set-up to your size), they recommend only a single tropheous species. Sorry not real helpful, but here's a paste of their recommendation;

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Select only 1 Tropheus species:
• Any single Tropheus species - 12 - 15
Spathodus erythrodon, Eretmodus or
Tanginicodus - 1 pair of one species
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Tropheus are awesome! I've currently got a colony of 13 tropheus bulu points ( 14 including a new baby fry ) in a 60 gallon tank but most of the tropheus species are really cool! Renegade is right about sticking with tropheus only if you do decide to raise them. They are a really active fish and they can be quite aggressive which is why most people recommend having a colony of at least 12-13 to spread the aggression. On the flip side tropheus are really susceptible to bloat so a lot of care is required to keep these fish healthy! Although you can't keep these fish with other cichlids, they do go well with some catfish, I currently have 1 featherfin catfish and 5 clown loaches with mine but its probably best to ask your lfs if you were wanting to put other catfish in there. I also find that they require a lot of hiding spots in the tank because of the aggressive nature of the fish which is why alot of tropheus keepers use rock work with their tanks.
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Thanks for the advice on the Tropheus..If I do just Tropheus can it be multiple types or just one species. If its only one particular type, i think id go with some other types to kind of make a community of like 3-4 different species..
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Interesting post, I like these cichlids just as much as Mbuna, are tropheus supposed to be housed like demasoni, only one type of fish per tank? I like the Leluippi(I killed that spelling, but you get the idea..lol)
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I've never housed separate tropheus together but I've seen a lot of tanks that dowith cherry spots and ikolas mixed together as an example. I'm pretty sure their aggression is mainly shown towards their own specific species.
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I've never housed separate tropheus together but I've seen a lot of tanks that dowith cherry spots and ikolas mixed together as an example. I'm pretty sure their aggression is mainly shown towards their own specific species.
So it looks like maybe I should look around for others besides the tropheus. Any suggestions on fish for a community from this lake. I like variety in color and shape
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So it looks like maybe I should look around for others besides the tropheus. Any suggestions on fish for a community from this lake. I like variety in color and shape
If you're looking for a community of swimmers, here's what they recommend;

Select 3 types only:
ē Neolamprologus cylindricus, mustax,
leleupi or nigriventris - 2
ē Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps - 3
ē Julidochromis or Chalinochromis
ē Telmatochromis vittatus, bifrenatus or brichardi

If on the other hand you are interested in more diversity like having some shell-dwellers, this is what they are recommending;

ē Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps - pair
ē Neolamprologus buescheri
ē Shell dweller pair of choice -
'Lamprologus' (Shellies) brevis,
multifasciatus (group), meleagaris,
ornatipinnis, ocellatus, speciosus,
similis (group), Neolamprologus signatus
ē Cyprichromis leptosoma (12) (non-jumbos)

Personally, the biggest issue I seem to be running into with these guys is availability. Unlike the more popular Malawi cichlids, they just aren't around much. Even on line distribution is pretty limited.
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If you're looking for a community of swimmers, here's what they recommend;

Select 3 types only:
Neolamprologus cylindricus, mustax,
leleupi or nigriventris - 2
Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps - 3
Julidochromis or Chalinochromis
Telmatochromis vittatus, bifrenatus or brichardi

If on the other hand you are interested in more diversity like having some shell-dwellers, this is what they are recommending;

Altolamprologus calvus or compressiceps - pair
Neolamprologus buescheri
• Shell dweller pair of choice -
'Lamprologus' (Shellies) brevis,
multifasciatus (group), meleagaris,
ornatipinnis, ocellatus, speciosus,
similis (group), Neolamprologus signatus
Cyprichromis leptosoma (12) (non-jumbos)

Personally, the biggest issue I seem to be running into with these guys is availability. Unlike the more popular Malawi cichlids, they just aren't around much. Even on line distribution is pretty limited.
Thanks for the info & links, i will research these & do some investigating..
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