New to Cichlids Question

  1. Fishzone08 Member Member

    Hi,
    Ive just bought a 240 Litre Tank and would like to keep Cichlids.
    How many about would I beable to keep in the tank, my local fish shop said about 40 because it needs to be overstocked so the fish cant pick out a weak fish, is this true?
    Also im thinking about
    yellow labs
    blue colbalts
    Peacocks any other suggestions?
    Thanks for reading, please help?
     
  2. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    thats about 65g (US) and id say20- 30 would be a good number....heres a great link with a bunch of different types you can use for a tank

    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/cookie_cutter_55g.php the linik is for a 55g tank but you can get a good idea....

    african cichlids are crazy, fun fish!
     

  3. phil saint Member Member

    hi IBS try this link........http://www.tropicalfishandaquariums.com/Compatibility/ NameResults.php someone told me about it its got loads of info just search the fish you want and it will tell you about care levels, temprament and compatabillity. i foud it really helpfull.

    hope it helps

    phil
     
  4. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    although I respect everyones choice of help sites, this site has been brought up before phil as its very "off" (is that the word im looking for?)
    perfect ex. is choosing a betta and here are the results of compatable fish

    Search Results: The Betta (Siamese Fighting) should be kept in groups of a maximum of 1 and is compatible with the Bala Shark, Corydoras Catfish, Glass Catfish, GloFish, Molly, Pearl Gourami, Platy, Rainbow Shark, Red Tailed Shark, Swordtail, Three Spot Gourami, Upsidedown Catfish, Zebra Danio,


    thats a scarey compatability chart IMO ....so be very careful and do tons of homework when buying any fish :)
     
  5. phil saint Member Member

    yeah that is a prity scarey combo haha i used the site when looking into my tiger barbs but i never just use 1 source because iv had to many conflicting opinions in the past. glad you metioned that, i would hate to think i gave someone the recipe to fish tank fight night.
     
  6. alicem Member Member

    I mean no disrespect, but think you guys are mis-interpreting the cichlid_forum stocking suggestions.
    In CF's 55G cookie cutter it says:

    IMO, a really beautiful African Malawi mbuna cichlid tank of your size, would be either:

    A species only tank of 12 saulosi would be great http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1

    Or a nice mix of 4 or 5 each of these (for a total of 12-15 fish) would be very colorful:
    Cyno afra http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1680
    Yellow lab http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1669
    and
    Rusty http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=707

    You'd need to have large rock piles or structures, so they can escape each other's aggression, and use power head(s) to move the water through it.
    Mbuna are beautiful, but careful research should be done for tank setup.
    They are quite an agressive breed.
    hth,
    alicem
     
  7. Fishzone08 Member Member

    Thanks very much all of you, you have helped me so much!
     
  8. Fishzone08 Member Member

    Im thinking about putting
    3 yellow labs,
    3 cobalt blue cichlids,
    2 kenyi cichlids,
    3 Melanochromis Johanni's
    and 1 synodontis multipunctatus. Also a couple of bristlenose.
    What do you think about this stocking selection?
     
  9. platy ben Well Known Member Member

    I would personally pass on the bristlenose and have 3 synodontis as they like to be kept in groups, although I do keep a synodontis angelicus on its own and it seems a very happy and healthy fish :)
     
  10. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    not misinterpreting just gave him a link to start off with ;)
    IMO africans should always be overstocked to keep the agression down...the link I shared, was the starting point of fish for each tank..id still go over 12 and then some, that they recommend...it really works much better when they are too busy with eachother to worry about whose in whose territory ...
     
  11. Fishzone08 Member Member

    Thanks again
     
  12. nick1346 Initiate Member

    i love electric blue johanni's. u can get

    4 kenyi
    4 yellow labs
    2 or 3 electric blue johanni's
    2 cobalt
    since johanni's are very aggressive, you are gonna want to have more of other kinds of cichlids so the johanni's dont pick on just 1 of them.