Overstocking issues Cichlid tank

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by Sedubius, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. SedubiusValued MemberMember

    Is there any issues with slightly overstocking a Lake Mawai cichild tank? I only ask because I've heard and read in a few places that it is good to slightly overstock cichlid tanks to help with aggression.

    What are the dangers of overstocking?

    Is there a way to limit or remove the dangers? eg water changes more often, overfilter the tank, ect.

    Any info about slightly overstocking would be helpful. I ask here because this is one of the few places I trust for good fish advice.
    Thank you.
  2. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    overstocking is a way to keep them entertained....but at the same time, you want 1m to 2-3f when you are over stocking...thats the best way to keep the boys happy....IMO there is no way to stop their natural ways of "the chase" from going on :) Good Luck...
  3. OP

    SedubiusValued MemberMember

    The problem is that I have no idea of my M-F ratio. The fish are fairly young and could not be identified at the time of purchase. Also finding conclusive evidence of this is hard. All the info I find points to things being likely signs of M or F but nothing solid.
  4. Shawnie

    ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    I was the same way!!!! And still am to this day LOL
    Have a ton of hideaways and caves and just feed them a varied diet.
    What size tank are they in?
    These are my ULTIMATE favorite tanks to have running :)
  5. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    +1 to Shawnie

    You will also want to over filter, I have about 950 gph on my 60g. And make sure there is plenty (A lot) of rock work. Expspecialy if you have mbuna cichlids that is what there natural environment is
  6. OP

    SedubiusValued MemberMember

    They are in a 37g for now. depending on how big they end up a bigger 75-90g will be in my future.
    Right now im running 240gph for my 37
  7. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    IMO you should 10x what your tank size is So for you it would be 370gph

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