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  1. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Having 2 males of each species is the worst possible combination IMHO. They will seek each other out and do battle. Best case is one looks amazing and other looks terribad. Not sure how you would go finding those fish in Oz, maybe the scenes a bit better in your area. Gold comps and calvus plus some speckleback moba lepto would be rather neato with that scape.
  2. Cichlid tank - types - advice

    Thats an epic stocklist. Who needs mbuna with options like that!!!
  3. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Thats a great scape! Mbuna heaven!
  4. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Loaches are usually fine as long as they have structure they can hide under, and get enough food. Pays to remember that these displays are simulations of nature, and not an actual slice of a rift lake. Adding girls does add some complication to the aquarium. More fights and... the possibility of needing another aquarium for fry :D
  5. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    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.
  6. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    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!
  7. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    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
  8. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    Have you noticed that demons seem to chill out a bit more when kept with electric yellows? Always found it an excellent combo.
  9. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    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
  10. Stocking ideas

    Theres heaps of room in there! Gosh what do you like the look of? Yes b/n can go after eggs if hungry enough. Leaving a night light on will ensure cichlid parents give them a right dust up if they try tho Doesnt have to be much, just enough.
  11. Cichlid tank - types - advice

    Some females are more drab than males..... does sound like you are better off going an all male tank.
  12. Cichlid tank - types - advice

    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.
  13. Are African Cichilds right for my tank???

    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.
  14. Frontosa lying at the bottom of tank HELP

    I'd be also confirming nitrite is 0ppm and temperature is within comfort range. That said it unlikely to be an environmental problem as only one fish effected. Aggression or sickness are most likely reasons..... if it continues then moving fish to another tank that it hopefully doesnt jump out of is likely best solution.
  15. 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.