Stocking African Cichlids

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Can i please get some advice on stocking my 54 gallon tank with African cichlids? I was informed that the mix I already have will have future problems. Right now I have 2 bumblebee, 2 auratus, 2 zebras, 4 Kenyi, and 1 electric yellow, I do plan on moving the bumblebee's cause they need a bigger tank. I just want a good mix that won't have no major problems in the future
 

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The bumblebees will get on the larger side for mbuna but the others are fine together. In a 55gal I'd shoot for somewhere around 20 mbuna. An over stocked tank usually has fewer aggression problems than an under stocked tank. You could add more of the species you already have but be aware than the m/f ratio will need to be kept in check unless you go all males. If you have too many males going for the same females there will be problems.

A few species that will do alright with what you have:
OB zebras
Ice blue zebras
Red zebras, pretty much any species of zebra
White tail acei
Rusty
 
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Demeter said:
The bumblebees will get on the larger side for mbuna but the others are fine together. In a 55gal I'd shoot for somewhere around 20 mbuna. An over stocked tank usually has fewer aggression problems than an under stocked tank. You could add more of the species you already have but be aware than the m/f ratio will need to be kept in check unless you go all males. If you have too many males going for the same females there will be problems.

A few species that will do alright with what you have:
OB zebras
Ice blue zebras
Red zebras, pretty much any species of zebra
White tail acei
Rusty
OK thank you
 
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Demeter said:
The bumblebees will get on the larger side for mbuna but the others are fine together. In a 55gal I'd shoot for somewhere around 20 mbuna. An over stocked tank usually has fewer aggression problems than an under stocked tank. You could add more of the species you already have but be aware than the m/f ratio will need to be kept in check unless you go all males. If you have too many males going for the same females there will be problems.

A few species that will do alright with what you have:
OB zebras
Ice blue zebras
Red zebras, pretty much any species of zebra
White tail acei
Rusty
Whats the best way to add more fish, the last batch I got didn't go to well, cause the other fish in the tank was already really territorial and kept going after the new fish? It's been maybe three weeks or more since i added any fish
 

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You should rescape the tank during a water change then add the new fish in. The original fish will usually be to busy re-establishing who's boss and picking territories to take much notice of newer fish. It is also best to add new fish in groups. Like 3 or so at a time.

I always quarantine new Africans in a 29gal before adding them. This usually ensures the fish acclimate well to my parameters and it also allows them to fatten up and calm down. Makes it easier on them to not have to adjust to the new parameters as well as survive being chased around but the others. Haven't had any issues with adding new fish in quite some time. I just added about 10 new juveniles and so far no one is getting beat up on.
 
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Demeter said:
You should rescape the tank during a water change then add the new fish in. The original fish will usually be to busy re-establishing who's boss and picking territories to take much notice of newer fish. It is also best to add new fish in groups. Like 3 or so at a time.

I always quarantine new Africans in a 29gal before adding them. This usually ensures the fish acclimate well to my parameters and it also allows them to fatten up and calm down. Makes it easier on them to not have to adjust to the new parameters as well as survive being chased around but the others. Haven't had any issues with adding new fish in quite some time. I just added about 10 new juveniles and so far no one is getting beat up on.
Ok thanks
 
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