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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-18-2020, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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55 gallon African cichlids community stocking help

I currently have an empty 55 gallon aquarium, which I am planning to use as an African cichlids aquarium. Personally, I am not quite knowledgable about african cichlids however I have been in the planted aquarium hobby for about a decade now. I think that keeping African cichlids would be a nice new style of keeping fish and that I will learn more about fish. I would like to keep other African cichlids compatible with the electric yellow cichlid and the rusty cichlid. It would be nice if you guys can just list down stocking ideas for 55 gallon aquarium including these fishes. Thanks in advace!
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I've got quite a few years behind me of keeping Africans. For a tank that size, your safest route would be to go with Tanganyikans such as julies, Neolamprologus, Altolamprologus and such. Mbuna (most of the cigar-shaped Malawi fishes) are exceedingly territorial for a 4 foot tank. Most people crowd them so that dominant fish can't single out certain ones to bully to death. This is much easier to pull off in a 6 foot (or larger) tank, but even then having a hospital tank up and going at all times is prudent. Some cichlids are more bark than bite and just run offending fish off, but mbuna can be deadly serious about any offending fishes in their territory. I really think you'll have a better experience avoiding those and sticking with Tanganyikans or even smaller peacocks.
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What BRR said. You can keep mbuna in a 5ft or even a 4ft tank, but you'll need to have a LOT of elaborate rock work with plenty of caves and tunnels to allow the line of sight to be broken.
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