So The New 300 Will Be Sa Cichlids

  1. Littlebudda

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    So I'm thinking of building the new tank around t-bars and severums so what else and numbers of each do you think. The tank will be heavily planted and massively over filtered (2500gal/hr).
  2. ark_fish

    ark_fish Valued Member Member

    won't the severums eat anything you plant in the tank?
  3. OP

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    I've always kept severums with planted tank and it's been fine

  4. ark_fish

    ark_fish Valued Member Member

    I'm not sure how well they will go together but a Six-Barred Distichodus would look great with those fish but it is from Angola not SA. Electric blue jack Dempsey would add a great colour to the tank but may outgrow your tankmates. If I where you I would go for:

    5 Severums
    2 T-bars
    1 red-throat cichlid
    1 blue acara
    1 Leporinus fasciatus


    6 pearl cichlids
    1 redthroat cichlid
    4 festevums


    1 electric blue jack Dempsey
    2 T-bars
    3 severums
    + some medium amazon fish


    1 blue acara
    1 redthroat cichlid
    4 amazon leaf fish
    6 whiptail catfish
    3 festivums

    You could probably add some sort of bottom feeder but I don't know what kind don't dig up plants but that is only if you mean the tank is 300 gallons. I'm not great at stocking such large tanks and you could probably fit in a few more fish in each tank but I think these mixes would look good together.
    Good luck:)
  5. l

    lol Valued Member Member

    I've never kept SA cichlids, but what about Geophagus? For some reason I would love to get some but I'm not sure how well they would do with the other fish you want in your own tank.

    I think Geophagus dig up plants though so idk, maybe you can put rocks around the base of the plant so that they can't get dug up easily.

    Just a suggestion from me
  6. sweendog87

    sweendog87 Valued Member Member

    That awsome mate can't wait to c in come together I am planning a 180g peaceful American tank
    The best way to go I reckon there is so many options for stocking peaceful Americans here is my stock plan

    2 Electric blue acaras mating pair
    5 redhead tapajos
    1 red spotted severum
    4 German blue rams
    12 cherry barbs
    12 lemon tetras
    12 Congo tetras

    I'm also thinking of something else to put with these guys like
    Firemouth, ellioti, threadfin acara or a t bar

    Do you want to have some schools and bottoms dwellers? Panda corys are cool and there heaps of different options for schools

    Also the severum on your profile pic do u still have that? Gorgeous severum

  7. ark_fish

    ark_fish Valued Member Member

    Yea I've never kept one either but they do look amazing in schools and as far as I can find out they will leave java ferns and mosses alone and If the plants have a healthy root system before you introduce the Geophagus and put rocks around the plants you should be sweet. BTW pearl cichlids are geophagus'.

  8. Lance0414

    Lance0414 Well Known Member Member

    How about this(I assume you mean 300 Gallons?)
    2 Severums
    4 Blue Acaras(2 Male 2 Female, 2 EBA)
    1 T-Bar
    6 Flag Cichlids
    1 Common Pleco
    40 Buenos Aires Tetras
    6 Uaru
    1 Oscar
    1 (Striped?) Raphael Catfish
    2 Severums
    1 T-Bar(Don't know how it would do with Oscars though)
  9. OP

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    I was thinking about elliotti since they are so beautiful but was trying to stay true SA I was breeding them last year and they were great

    Unfortunately she was one of the victims of the 330gal explosion
  10. l

    lol Valued Member Member

    Oh, I've never heard of a Geophagus being called 'pearl cichlid', that's why I didn't know. Some day I will get some for myself!
  11. vikingkirken

    vikingkirken Well Known Member Member

    T-bars are Central American... if you're wanting them enough to bend your SA rule, @tyguy7760 is raising a group and could probably help you out with compatibility.
  12. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    So the 300 a new custom tank?
  13. OP

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    Don't know why I thought they were SA oh well lets bend the rules let's go crazy

    Yeah new build from scratch a 300 to replace the 330 and the guy building the tank is throwing in a 53gal custom for my daughter she is going to have multi's in it
  14. AngelTheGypsy

    AngelTheGypsy Fishlore VIP Member

    Subbed. It will be so great to see you get this built!
  15. OP

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    Ok so this is what I'm looking at so far
    2 gold sev
    3 green sev
    2 male t bar
    2 female t bar
    1 male ellioti
    1 female ellioti
    Pair redhead tapajos

    So probably just need some bottom feeders/cleaners and maybe a shoal what do you guys think?
  16. Fashooga

    Fashooga Fishlore VIP Member

    Ooh a tapajos! Lovely fish.
  17. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    shouldnt red head tapajos be kept in groups of atleast 5-6??

    no experience with them specifically, just been doing alot of research on them.
  18. ark_fish

    ark_fish Valued Member Member

    a pictus catfish would be nice or a featherfin. I would think they dig a lot though.
  19. OP

    Littlebudda Well Known Member Member

    Might have to look into this more
  20. sweendog87

    sweendog87 Valued Member Member

    Yes definatly get at least 6 I reckon for you size tank you can go up to 8 but they definitely prefer groups of 5+

    That's good thing and those featherfins how amazing
  21. BluMan1914

    BluMan1914 Well Known Member Member

    Definitely following.
    How about something a little different? Lake Tanganyika Cichlids would be so nice in a tank your size.
    I have been so fascinated with these fish for awhile now.
    They come in many shapes, sizes and colors that you may find quite interesting. They have some of the best behavior you will find of any fish. Also it will be something a bit different than the normal Cichlids that you are thinking about getting.