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Old 12-13-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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I'm starting up a 55 gallon tank, with a fluval 306. I'll be using gravel, rock formations and tall plastic plants. I want to do African cichlids. As many as I can as well as as many types. Looking to start a colorful tank. Any suggestions and info on types that can and cannot be together would be great thanks
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Also would like a couple Pleco if I could.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:07 PM   #3
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I'd go with male mbuna, you'll be able to stock different types and keep aggression down. And a bristlenose pleco would work too. I'd do 10-12 depending on species of cichlid and a pleco
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I would do a peacock tank. You wouldn't add as many fish as mbuna but it also wont be as insane IMO. Mbuna tanks are to busy for me. I like the Peacocks because they have just as much color and sometimes more so.
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Just a heads up, if choosing mbuna be careful they dont pick the eyes off the pleco. Ive seen this posted afew times on the forum, whether they were under fed i dont know.
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Just a heads up, if choosing mbuna be careful they dont pick the eyes off the pleco. Ive seen this posted afew times on the forum, whether they were under fed i dont know.
This can happen, typically it's not mbuna that eat the eyes though. I've never had a problem with it though.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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Honestly like all of them. Peacock...mbuna. I like the idea of having 10-12 eventually good sized fish. And hopefully 2 Pleco. Are there any that will not work together.

Also how difficult us the care for this type of aquarium?
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2 plecos isnt going to work in a 55 with 12 cichs as your pushing your load with 1.
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Just a heads up, if choosing mbuna be careful they dont pick the eyes off the pleco. Ive seen this posted afew times on the forum, whether they were under fed i dont know.
This is more the big aggressive Sa/Ca like red devils
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Honestly like all of them. Peacock...mbuna. I like the idea of having 10-12 eventually good sized fish. And hopefully 2 Pleco. Are there any that will not work together. Also how difficult us the care for this type of aquarium?
Your not going to be able to do peacocks in a 55, especially with a pleco. Your good at 10-12 mbuna and a bristlenose.
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