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Hey all.

Just wonder if it is possible to keep cichlids (african, elec blues and rusty cichlids) and Clown Loaches together.

Also can those two cichlids go together.

I have a 50g tank and wanted to get 10 cichlids all up and 5 loaches. Would this be over stocked for my tank. Keeping in mind that I currently have a canister filter but am going to add another canister filter to my tank and an under gravel filter that has a power head attached to it to blow **** out of the bottom basicly.

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i've done it before with plenty of rock work.
plus the clowns were not babys so they could hold there own.
the canisters sound good,but w/c is the key to keeping your nitrates down.i have always overstocked my tanks just watch your paramaters and do weekly w/c.
im not a fan of ugf so i cant comment on that other than to rip it out.

make sure to show us pics:icon_smil

o and i would NOT mix african cichlid with other american cichlids it get ugly when they get older. plus the amaericas cichlids become tank busters.
 

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Hey all.

Just wonder if it is possible to keep cichlids (african, elec blues and rusty cichlids) and Clown Loaches together.

Also can those two cichlids go together.

I have a 50g tank and wanted to get 10 cichlids all up and 5 loaches. Would this be over stocked for my tank. Keeping in mind that I currently have a canister filter but am going to add another canister filter to my tank and an under gravel filter that has a power head attached to it to blow **** out of the bottom basicly.

Cheers all.
This is a site for all ages. I haven't seen any rules about language here, but I haven't seen that word typed out either. With that said:

UG Filters are from the days of plaid and shag carpet.

Africans and loaches together are a bad idea.

That tank is too small for both electric blues and the loaches.

This isn't cichlidforum.com. There are places you can go to get more knowledgeable advice on cichlids in general. I suggest you research cichlids more. There are many many fish suitable for a tank that size, but two of the three you named are not it.

I would recommend you start with what your natural water parameters are out of the tap, and find fish to match that. JMHO.
 

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As stated in above posts, mixing Rift Lake cichlids with SA cichlids is generally a no-no.
Also, Tiger loaches do get big. We have huge ones at the Vancouver aquarium where I teach now and then.
But yeah, one of the easies ways to set up a tank, is to find your local water parameters and pic fish accordingly.
 

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This is a site for all ages. I haven't seen any rules about language here, but I haven't seen that word typed out either. With that said:

UG Filters are from the days of plaid and shag carpet.

Africans and loaches together are a bad idea.

That tank is too small for both electric blues and the loaches.

This isn't cichlidforum.com. There are places you can go to get more knowledgeable advice on cichlids in general. I suggest you research cichlids more. There are many many fish suitable for a tank that size, but two of the three you named are not it.

I would recommend you start with what your natural water parameters are out of the tap, and find fish to match that. JMHO.
Sorry for the language.

I will just stick with a nice group of Electric Blues and keep it at that then. I am aware that I can go to cichlidforum.com I however like this forum more and have used chiclidforum before and had nothing but un helpful replies.

Thanks for the replies everyone. Im in Australia so time zones are not exactly matching so my reply was slow.
 

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a 50G is way too small. A clown can grow up to a foot.
its gonna take forever for a clown loach to hit a foot, he will jump out of the tank long before he hits 8 inches. However as far as temperment goes the 2 mix without an issue, I had a school of them in a mbuna tank. no issue...

yes, i know i am resurrecting a dead thread, i'm super bored at work...


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The cichlids are fine in that size tank. African cichlids do best if they are in conditions that would normally be horrific overstocking. It decreases their aggression. The clown loaches can be kept with them, it's a pretty common combination. In my opinion, matching fish to their wild type water parameters isn't really all that necessary most of the time. I've kept softwater fish like angelfish in water that was so full of minerals it could not be consumed by humans without causing kidney stones, and they were breeding. I've kept African cichlids in water that was very soft and low pH and they were breeding. As long as they are tankbred and not wild caught, it's not as big a deal.

Now the clown loaches will get 12+ inches eventually, but they do grow slowly. So they'll be ok for a while, but will need to be moved to a bigger tank in the future.
 
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