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Old 08-22-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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What do you think? (my stock list, set up, etc)

heyyyyy everybody!!

i'm bored so i thought i'd try to get some critiques on my tank.

its a 55gallon mixed african tank. i use 2 marineland 350's (700gph) so even though i'm overstocked my levels are legit. i have 25 cichlid stones arranged into a huge cave system with tons of hiding spots, etc. its been going strong for about 2 years now & (knock on wood) i haven't had any issues.

here's where i'm gonna get beat up lol .. my m:f ratios are off & its kinda crowded, but for now its working really well.

my stock consists of:
4 acci (not sexed)
4 red zebras (1m/3f)
2 kenyi (1m/1f - 2nd female was eaten)
1 female johanni
1 male yellow lab
1 male victoria nile
1 male venustus
1 male lupinga
1 male hongi
1 female ob peacock
1 male dragon blood
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2 rafael cats
1 tiger shovelnose cat (still small)
1 whiptail pleco
1 gold nugget pleco

so yeah, i know my ratios are off and my lakes are a little mixed AND that i'm overstocked, but the tank is thriving & pretty peaceful. none of my fish ever have more than a nip (usually not even that), everyone eats & no one hides from anyone.

ok folks, i think thats it. let me have it. how much do you all hate me? haha! .. but seriously, let me know what ya think. i'm always open for suggestions

i'd like to maybe swap one or two for a female hongi or 2, but after rehoming 6-7 fish (yeah, i was INSANELY overstocked) i wouldn't know who to part with now. maybe i'll just upgrade to a 100breeder or a 125 ... hmmmm??!??
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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Hello! I'm not new to fish keeping but I am new to cichlids and all I have are Africans. I can't help you with your stock but there's a lot of people on here that are very knowledgeable and helped me out so I'm sure they'll chime in for that. I do want to say that you have a very nice tank! If you upgrade, get the biggest you can afford (and have room for). I got a 90g and now I'm wanting a 280 lol! I will follow this thread, good luck!
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First off to make it easier I'd go with the 6 footer. You'll have a ton more room to play with. Personally if I had that tank and couldn't upgrade I'd get rid of the venustus to make more room.
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thanks fishy .. i'm hoping to upgrade it by next summer but i have to do some electrical work before i can move anything .. not looking forward to it lol

and andrew, i've wanted a 6 footer for years but i stick with the 55's cuz they're so easy to maintain.. and i cant get rid of vega the venustus!! thats my dude!! haha
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thanks fishy .. i'm hoping to upgrade it by next summer but i have to do some electrical work before i can move anything .. not looking forward to it lol

and andrew, i've wanted a 6 footer for years but i stick with the 55's cuz they're so easy to maintain.. and i cant get rid of vega the venustus!! thats my dude!! haha
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