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Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:22 am Post subject: Metriaclima lombardoi setup. (Update - 02/04/2010)
Dropped my plans of going with the Zebra Danio community setup. Spent last evening working on this setup (26" x 21" x 15") which would ideally be for a bunch of tiny Tanganyikan or Mbuna Cichlids (not yet confirmed). Depending on the livestock I am able to gets my hands on (locally) will make alterations accordingly. Here are a few snaps (pathetic image quality.. sorry about that):
Full Tank Shot
Rock work (Somebody ID these rocks for me please!)
Would be great to have additional inputs on this. Livestock recommendations are most welcome!
Last edited by Mephitis on Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:57 pm; edited 5 times in total
Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:54 pm Post subject: Re: Community Setup - Change in Plans.
Switching from danios to African Cichlids was an excellent idea..
Now you have make a choice, most people are going to tell you your 2 feet tank is too small for most African Cichlids.. (This is what I was told when I was seriously considering turning my spare 2 footer (which was a bit smaller than yours) into a Cichlid tank)
The popular opinion was that only Rams and Apistos (besides Tanganyikan Shell Dwellers which I think need sand) can be housed comfortably in that tank for their lifetime..
Alternatively, you can just go ahead and buy whichever cichlids you really want (I bought Kenyi) and then when they are close to growing too large for your tank, consider an upgrade or sell/exchange..
PS: What are other popular Tanganyikan cichlids available in India besides Shell Dwellers and Frontosas/Gibberosas? (Only other ones I'ave heard of (never seen in a store) are L. Clavus and that other one which looks like a striped version of L. Clavus..)
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Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:48 am Post subject: Re: Community Setup - Change in Plans.
Go for tanganyikan species setup. This is more than enough to maintain a single species of J. Transcriptus or J. Marleri or J. Ornatus. You will however will have to remove the extra fishes once the breeding pair establishes itself.
And as already told by Lawrence, if you can replace that substrate with sand, shellies will go in very well.
Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:07 am Post subject: Re: Community Setup - Change in Plans.
Hey Rohan.. great decision to go for cichlids ..Like others mentioned if you could change the substrate to sand -- shell dwellers would be really good... otherwise there are quite a few other rock dwelling small tang cichlids you could go with.. Also it depends on how long you wish to keep this tank.. if your idea is to keep this tank to grow out some fish and later separate them for breeding or upgrade to a bigger tank... your choice increases
@sidrock: there are quite a few variety of tanganyikans available with me.. the fish you are probably referring to as stripped version of Alto Calvus is Alto compressiceps.... pretty closely related but different fish.. I've both
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