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Old 07-01-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Need Help! American Cichlid Stocking Ideas

I am Cycling my tank at the moment, its 150cm x 52cm x 60cm, with 2 aqua one nautilus 800's, Im fairly certain I want bigger American cichlids in there, but I keep changng my mind and its really frustating, I can see why people end up with so many aquariums.

I will list all the ones im interested in order, but im open to all ideas or any other fish that could work, I dont want to overstock the tank, and I dont want any really small fish as I can do those kind in another tank at a later date.

Uaru Cichlids
Oscars
Firemouths
Severums
Convicts
Jaguar Cichlid
Geophagus (but I have a small gravel bottom not sand)
Silver Dollars or some other dither

What combinations would work best in my aquarium?

At the moment im thinking of 2 Uaru, some Silver Dollars, a Firemouth and either an Oscar or a Jaguar, but yea Im not sure
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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I am Cycling my tank at the moment, its 150cm x 52cm x 60cm, with 2 aqua one nautilus 800's, Im fairly certain I want bigger American cichlids in there, but I keep changng my mind and its really frustating, I can see why people end up with so many aquariums.

I will list all the ones im interested in order, but im open to all ideas or any other fish that could work, I dont want to overstock the tank, and I dont want any really small fish as I can do those kind in another tank at a later date.

Uaru Cichlids
Oscars
Firemouths
Severums
Convicts
Jaguar Cichlid
Geophagus (but I have a small gravel bottom not sand)
Silver Dollars or some other dither

What combinations would work best in my aquarium?

At the moment im thinking of 2 Uaru, some Silver Dollars, a Firemouth and either an Oscar or a Jaguar, but yea Im not sure
I wouldn't do the jag. Too aggressive do a community tank.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:08 AM   #3
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Ok so that makes me lean towards an Oscar then, what would you suggest putting with it?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #4
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Ok so that makes me lean towards an Oscar then, what would you suggest putting with it?
Do you happen to know how many US gallons that would be?
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:10 AM   #5
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thats roughly 60 x 21 x 24 inches
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:27 AM   #6
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Its 125 US Gallons, its not a skinny 5 foot Aqaurium, I have put a picture of it on my profile if you would like to see it.

If I could have 2 oscars in there together that would be pretty nice, a Tiger and an Albino or Red Oscar, would I be able to fit any dithers in with 2 Oscars? Would 2 Oscars get along or would they fight to much?
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You could do two oscars, a convict, a Severum and a school of 4 silver dollars. That would be a nice mix.
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That sounds great , maybe up the silver dollars to 5 or 6, and yea either a convict or firemouth, my main oncernt was would it eventually bcome overstocked in a year or 2's time with that many fish.....if not, then that might be the answer
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No not overstocked that's about right in my opinion. You could possibly do 5 or 6 sd's if you want. They need to be in groups of 4 or more so up to you really, they have a small bio-load so wouldn't cause a problem by adding 1 or 2 more.
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Honestly a pair of oscars with a couple SDs will max the tank out. I would do something along the lines of

1- Oscar
1- Featherfin catfish
5- Silver Dollars
1- Salvini or chocolate cichlid or Firemouth

Or you could do just a pair of oscars and attempt to have a mating pair.
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