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 10-08-2006, 12:38 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bristol, Connecticut
Posts: 199
Need suggestions

Hi all,

I have a 120 gallon planted aquarium. It is home to a territorial CAE, about 7" long. I've had him for 6 years. Also in the tank are a bunch of small fish. Fish that won't go into his territory.

I am bored with the tank. I want to make it into an African Cichlid tank. I will move all the fish exept the CAE, he will stay. I will remove all the plants and change out the gravel.

Filtering is 2 Ehem 2026 canisters rated at 90 gallons each. This was once my main show tank, now I have a 180 and 300 that are my main show tank.

I'm looking for suggestions for stocking. I don't want real aggressive fish and I will be doing all males. If I mix males and females I know that I will have more trouble with my CAE cause they will probably try to occupy his caves.

Any stocking suggestions would be very welcome. I want to get all juveniles to fully stock right at the beginning and let them grow into the tank.

So, what would you do???

Thank you, Michael
__________________

__________________
Michael

300 gallon Tang - 180 gallon - two 125 gallon South American - 75 Tang - 40 CAE - 20 Cyprichromis grow out
Michael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2006, 12:40 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
JDogg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 2,294
this site has good tank recipes for malawi cichlids based on different tank sizes http://www.malawimayhem.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2659
__________________

__________________
Just because I am working at Petco does not mean I am a sell out, they are still an evil empire, that I am trying to make better.
75 Gallon: New World Cichlids|26 Gallon Bowfront: Planted Angelfish/Swordtail Tank|20 Gallon Long: "Nano" non-reef|10 Gallon: frog and mosquito fish
JDogg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2006, 02:59 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 418
hmm - you want a mildly aggressive all-male tank. i'm guessing you are more interested in colorful fishes - since to observe the full gamut of cichlid behavior, you need to have females with the males, which might be drab.
so i think the best species that fit your bill is an all-male peacock tank. and you won't need to uproot your plants too!
[quote = Michael]I want to get all juveniles to fully stock right at the beginning and let them grow into the tank. [/quote]
its impossible to sex (well, i'm ruling out venting of course) juvie peacocks, so the best bet would be to buy a batch of juvies and grow them out to sell the females later. buying males are another option if you have the moolah.

the 2nd option would be to stock it with mild mbuna - yellow/white labs, acei, rusties, and so on. these achieve adult coloration from day one (well, not all). but then its hard to sex them too, unless you see the females holding.

good luck with choosing, and have fun while you are at it...
__________________
triazole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 08:40 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bristol, Connecticut
Posts: 199
Thank you Triazole,

Do you think, since you mentioned keeping the plants, that I could leave my fluorite gravel and add something else to buffer the water if I do Peacocks?

Also, is a Aulonocara sp. 'Stuartgranti Maleri' a Peacock? I saw a pic of this fish and feel in love. I would like to build around this fish. As you can tell I am new to Africans but not new to aquarium keeping. My main fish keeping experience is with Dwarf Cichlids, Loaches, Gouramis, Corys and Tetras. This is a new experience for me.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.
__________________
Michael

300 gallon Tang - 180 gallon - two 125 gallon South American - 75 Tang - 40 CAE - 20 Cyprichromis grow out
Michael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 09:57 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 418
you're always welcome.
if your tap water is sufficiently hard, you may not even have to buffer it for the peacocks.
and yes, the genus aulonocara are generally called peacocks. i have little expertise in keeping these wonderful fish, but i have kept mbuna before. peacocks are less boisterous than mbuna, and do well in an all-male tank.
and on a personal note, i think dwarf cichlids are harder to keep than peacocks. once you get the water chemistry right for peacocks, all you need is regular feeding and pwc's. since they are omnivores, the dreaded 'malawi bloat' is not that big an issue.

i'd recommend you this article for further reading -
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/peacocks.php
__________________
triazole is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
suggestions

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
suggestions please! veetee Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 13 06-20-2009 05:12 PM
suggestions klc9100 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 7 03-10-2009 02:22 PM
Need Suggestions mp3z24 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 05-03-2005 08:30 AM
Suggestions? Yuri Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 05-02-2005 11:48 AM
Suggestions? louherz Saltwater Reef Aquaria 5 05-12-2004 07:44 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.