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    If your intent in "Over filtering" is to give you fish optimum conditions.....you would be better to increase water changes..... I've heard of discus breeders who do almost 100% water changes morning and afternoon Lots of chemicals/toxins don't get filtered out.........so like in nature....best solution is to replace the water Putting a filter on the tank with a bigger pump just increases water flow which may actually be counter productive....stressing fish that don't like high water flow
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    My cichlid (hongi female) hasn’t been right for about a week now I have isolated her added Epsom salt to tank with only little improvement any idea what could be wrong I’ll add video any help would be greatly appreciated I don’t want to lose her she is a good breeder ph and hardness is fine is both normal and isolation tank fish is swimming on bottom of tank and when does try to swim it swims diagonally B112919A-D759-4CD6-856C-CB4559D85A32.MOV 2D1C3920-19E0-421E-BC62-8748F18D5B09.MOV
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    Thats an epic stocklist. Who needs mbuna with options like that!!!
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    I would say it is a Juvenile Uaru.
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    Well loaches are one of those fish, like bristlenose that probably shouldnt work, but that I find work great. The big drawback to adding loaches is that you will then need more expensive meds in the horrible situation you have a disease. Loaches tend to be more delicate to medications. Once adjusted to the tank though, they are quite robust and will usually be out begging at food time with the rest. To get that top level movement, you need to get the rocks up high. Height being the hardest thing to achieve with texas rock. Looking back at that fish list, I'd definitely slim it down lol, got a tad carried away there. Theres some cool fish out there if you are not looking for just a simple colour mix.... if you can find them of course! 1 Pseudotropheus Barlowi male 1 mbamba male 1 albino pindani 1 Pundamilia nyererei male 1 afra cobwe male 1 Otopharynx lithobate male 1 red dragon blood peacock 3 clown loaches 1 bristlenose Making up stocking lists is like the best thing in the world.
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    OK feel free to ignore, but a ramble for you Afra will certainly be the dominant fish. Tricky to sex electric yellows and acei.... its a bit of a gamble. Must admit to being a msuli fan here they seem to be the most friendly of the acei in my experience. Most the black fish, especially the black and blues, tend to be rather aggro. Theres no real chilled out option although the purple/black mbamba come closest to fitting the bill. Not mpanga..... lol mbamba! As far as a small blue fish, I'd be tempted to go blue pindani, just because they are like a colour reversed electric yellow and less aggro than the afra. Red and orange are trickier to get. Theres 2 options that are less obvious but well worth consideration IMHO the first is clown loaches and the second is lelupi. So while your list is good...... if I was doing it I would go with, 4 electric yellows 4 mbamba 4 pindani 4 lelupi 3 clown loaches 1 bristlenose Is that over stocked? hell yes But nothing good aeration and weekly water changes couldnt handle. Also theres gonna be plenty of aggro between the mbuna and who knows what sort of m/f ratio you'd end up with lol. Would they cross? maybe. Probably best not to sell any fry from these guys BUT you'd certainly end up with a few "hills have eyes" mongrels kicking around the rock work. Never forget its your tank, we just kicking around the ball!
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    Width is fine for accei as they are a smaller mbuna species. An interesting tactic to get them higher in the water column would be to use a cool central bit of wood, like 2 bits of goldvine stuck together (branches at top and branches at bottom). I know, I know.... rift lake tanks dont use drift wood BUT pseudotropheus acei are often collected around wood in Lake Malawi, so its kinda biotype correct lol. If you are worried about wood dropping pH just have a good amount of coral rubble in filter, or chunks of texas rock or even coral sand as a substrate. The only other concern really is it making water a bit yellow from tannin, easy prevented using chemical filtration. Anyway an option for you
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    Have you noticed that demons seem to chill out a bit more when kept with electric yellows? Always found it an excellent combo.
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    Adding no females, and no ornaments + over stocking = a pretty chilled peacock display. The drawback being weekly water changes and a diet regime that includes at least some portion of astax rich food to keep ALL fish in alpha colours. Fruit salad peacock displays are not for everyone, but when the design requirements are "I am trying to go for a colourfull fish tank with activity at the top middle and bottom." Its hard to top them. Bigger is always better, but it is 200+ Litres
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    Well you have pretty boy peacocks ~ TANGERINE PEACOCK, AULONOCARA KORNELIAE, ALBINO PEACOCK, RED JACOBFREIBERGI FIREBIRD PEACOCK, YELLOW PEACOCK, BLUE PEACOCK, A STUARTGRANTI NGARA FLAMETAIL Big chilled haps ~ CHILOTILAPIA EUCHILUS really chilled haps ~ PLACIDOCHROMIS PHENOCHILUS TANZANIA big bruiser mbuna ~ ALBINO ZEBRA (M.Zebra) and O.B. BLUEBERRY ZEBRA (M.Zebra) small mbuna ~ LABIDOCHROMIS HONGI and LABIDOCHROMIS MBAMBA and Pseudotropheus Demasoni Absolute psycho mbuna ~ ALBINO MELANOCHROMIS AURATUS So its quite the mix. ALL COMES DOWN TO Tank size. Tank decor. Aggression level. Availability of species. So...... avoid the big bruisers if its a smaller tank. Get a red empress if you cant find a Euchilus. Skip the Auratus if you dont want carnage. You know, the usuals.
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    I would use coral sand, no rocks or ornaments AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND pack the tank with a good mix of assorted male peacocks :D You want a boiling tank of fruit salad, thats about the best way to do it. Hit them with some lights with lots of red/blue and feed an astax rich food.
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    The continuum stuff is top shelf awesome. If the tanks heavily stocked/heavily water changed, you may find the aquasonic rift conditioner 10kg or 20kg buckets end up being the most cost efficient way to maintain optimal water chemistry.
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    The use of additives really comes does to your water, in my case my water has no KH or GH so I'm adding large amounts of additives just to get a KG and GH of 7. I use TechDen's Start Right African Cichlid Riftlake Salt which then supplement with more carbonate to up the KH using something like Aquasonic Carbonate Hardness Generator. Cheers