75 Gallon Stocking

Discussion in 'African Cichlids' started by Kobobird, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Well after being $200 dollars into a saltwater tank I realized I should probably put saltwater on hold until I have a stable job (I'm only 14). Anyway I now have a 75 gallon that's empty and we all know that it's impossible to keep an empty tank for long (mts is killing me slowly lol). So I already have American cichlids in another 75 and I have tangynikans in a 55, so I was looking into some Malawi cichlids. I really like mbuna and wanted some opinions. Orange is my favorite color (maybe that's why I love my blood parrot so much) and I was leaning towards red zebras or kenyi. So any suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
     
  2. Katie13

    Katie13Fishlore VIPMember

    Red Zebras would look great! I have Melanochromis Auratus.
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Oooh Auratus look really pretty! I'm thinking I'm gonna go with red zebras. Does anyone know a good male to female ratio and how many I could have In the tank?
     




  4. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    How about this stock(I am not that good at African Cichlid stocks, but i know these are some of the most peaceful Malawi Cichlids, and usually work together)-
    16 Acei(1 Male 15 Females)
    16 Yellow Labs(1 Male 15 Females)
    16 Peacock(1 Male 15 Females)
    16 Rusty(1 Male 15 Female)
    6 Jewel(1 Male 5 Females)
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    That sounds like a lot even for a 75 gallon. I'm thinking on just picking one type of mbuna because I'm hoping for babies. Could I really fit that many fish in there though?
     




  6. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    With African Cichlids you want to overstock a little, @fissh knows more than me, he can help you.
     
  7. Claire Bear

    Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    I raised cobalt blue and orange zebras for quite some time. I loved how they were just so active and gorgeous. It sounds like you have a plan! Here is a picture of my 120g and many were raised and given away from this tank! :) They are prolific!
     

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  8. aquarium veteran

    aquarium veteranNew MemberMember

    Remember any cichlid is ok but if you love blood parrots they get big I had 3 in a 55gal and lost them to water shock treatments from the water lines. But just know I have the large marble freshwater angel fish which is a member of the cichlid family and a new baby blood parrot can't wait til it big. I'm thinking of another marble and blood parrot. I have had good luck with them and raised dawf lionfish when I lived in the new Orleans area because of grass shrimp (brown shrimp) so you get ready for the need to start a good running salt tank I have the knowledge for you.
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Good point I forgot about that
     
  10. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    Parrots are American Cichlids needing a different tank setup.
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Sounds good. When I'm ready for saltwater I'll be sure to ask you
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Oh they're beautiful! I think I'm sold on red zebra now
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    I know. Mine's in my 75 gallon American cichlid tank
     
  14. fissh

    fisshWell Known MemberMember

    If you like red zebra than you could mix them with cobalts, albino, ob, all zebras and a very colorful mix. Buy your fish small. all the types I recommended are colorful as babies for both male and female. If you have enough fish the sex ratio doesn't matter as much. I would get 35 to 40 babies, so you will end up with 30 plus adults.


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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    That sounds great! I'm thinking of red zebra, blue cobalt, and albino. I'll make sure to buy them small too. What's the average time span till they reach sexual maturity?
     
  16. Claire Bear

    Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    I had the albino as well later on. It seems a few month but not long at all! I had a huge amount when I decided to downsize from 40 tanks. I now have three-one coral with fish, one with parrots and a JD. And the last is Opae Ula brackish.
    Good luck!
     
  17. fissh

    fisshWell Known MemberMember

    7 t0 9 months, from the time you get them @ 1 1/4 to 2 inches.
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    a4d271745e259b33e5678ec89a0d1669.jpg Does this look like a good rock scape?
     
  19. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    Maybe make a cave on top of a cave so that it adds more height.
     
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    Kobobird

    KobobirdValued MemberMember

    Awesome. Will do
     




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