Stocking thoughts

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by Bmur05, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    38 ish gal tank

    30x15x29

    I'm considering a total change in my upcoming stocking plans for this tank in about to start up.

    1m/2f apistogramma cocatuide
    1m/1f Bolivian rams

    6 bst

    1m/2f honey gourami

    1 abn pleco

    Do you think this would work with plenty of cover, caves, and sight line breaks? I have some good tall driftwood and plants to provide territory sections.

    Thanks
     
  2. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    Actually you have 56.5 gallon tank so that gives you more options.:)
     
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What are BSTs?

    I'd only go with one pair of dwarf cichlids with the tank's footprint.
     




  4. OP
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Hmm I guess I did the math wrong on that. Awesome! Thanks
     
  5. OP
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Black skirt tetras. And you think only keeping one of those would be better? I've seen a few videos of them each doing good around the other as long as there was a good defined territory break.

    Might have to do just the apistogramma cocatuides.
     




  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    In a big enough tank, yes, multiple species of dwarf cichlids can be kept together. But I don't think your tank is big enough for that (personal opinion though)

    Otherwise, I think that would work! And you can do more than 6 of the skirt tetras if you wanted.
     
  7. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    with that big of a tank you could probably do a Mbuna tank! It would look super awesome.;)
     
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    I appreciate the opinion. I might do more of the bst or I was thinking about also doing a school of cardinal tetras.
     
  9. OP
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    That's a thought. What kinds do you recommend?
     
  10. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    yellow labs are my personal favorite! but I'm no expert. :)
     
  11. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I'm not sure if this tank has a large enough footprint for Mbuna. LeoDiaz - would dwarf mbuna work?
     
  12. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    isn't 56 gallons big enough?
     
  13. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    It's a tall tank with a small footprint, so it's not equivalent to a regular 55 gal (which is 48 inches long and 13 inches wide)
     
  14. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTAWell Known MemberMember

    oh, sorry I should have put that together.:p
     
  15. OP
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Yeah it is not as long as would be ideal. Would the three apistogramma cocatuide on the bottom be ok and then the middle schooling fish and top honey gourami?
     
  16. LeoDiaz

    LeoDiazFishlore VIPMember

    The bare minimum I recommend is 36*18in for dwarfs.
     
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    Thanks. I'll heed the advise
     
  18. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I'm not sure if they do well in a harem-type group. I'd be worried that the male will pair up with one female and they'll harass the second female.
     
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    Bmur05

    Bmur05Valued MemberMember

    I've been reading a lot of different resources saying they do best with a harem because otherwise the male will harass the single female too much for mating and stress her out.

    Looks like if I provide four different caves for three females, they'll each be able to raise their fry without feeling stressed and bothered by the male.
     
  20. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    In this size tank I might only do 2 females then, one on each end, unless you think there's room for 3?
     




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