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Offline xRichh94

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Stocking 125 litre tank
« on: November 24, 2017, 06:02:38 PM »
Hi guys, I know it's a small tank but I was given this 125 litre fluval tank. I've always loved african cichlids (usually Malawi) but I know this is a really small tank so I am unsure as to if I can. If anyone can give me any ideas on what to stock or if I can? I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 06:07:26 PM »
What about a few yellow labs

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 06:08:55 PM »
Nice you lucky, go do some research on which malawis or tangs stay small. Then make a one species only tank..

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 06:09:10 PM »
Would they be alright in a tank that small? I've heard they get fairly big, I was hiking saulosi initially but I've heard that the tank is too small even for them.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 06:54:57 PM »
15/20 Zebra Shell Dwellers would be cool for that tank .

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Males - 4.5cm; Females - 3.5cm

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 07:30:01 PM »
Ah I'm really not that into shell dwellers to be honest with you, thank you though, would 4 or 5 saulosi really not work at all? 1 male and then the rest being females, I'm planning to get a bigger tank in a couple of years.

However I could go with those shellies if the saulosi's really aren't viable I do quite like the look of those ones haha.

Sorry its a Juwel tank not a fluval tank.
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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 08:33:59 PM »
Ah I'm really not that into shell dwellers to be honest with you, thank you though, would 4 or 5 saulosi really not work at all? 1 male and then the rest being females, I'm planning to get a bigger tank in a couple of years.

However I could go with those shellies if the saulosi's really aren't viable I do quite like the look of those ones haha.

Sorry its a Juwel tank not a fluval tank.
They could work Its hard to know with a small 125L its les than 30g .
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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2017, 08:35:53 PM »
Ah no problem, I do appreciate your helpful suggestions thank you :)

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2017, 09:14:53 PM »
i keep saulosi. if im honest, i dont think saulosi would do very well in a tank that small. theyre an aggressive species. imo, confined to such a small tank would likely intensify that aggression. i think water volume would be an issue also. once a hardscape is added you may only have 20-25g of water. though small saulosi are africans after all, and they produce a lot of waste. i dont think the over all water volume would be sufficient in diluting nitrates. it would be a lot of maintenance to keep your parameters on the up and up.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2017, 12:49:38 PM »
My 125 litre grow out tank is a struggle as Bandicoot says.

My fish in there are less than 2 inches.

I have 6 yellow labs and 4 hybrids .... Hybrids bought as a gift lol.
There are 4 Synodontis 1.5 inch in there two.

I have 3 Eheim pick up 160 and a mini wavemaker. I am moving them to a 60 gallon when they hit 2 inches.

I will be interested in seeing how the 125 litre works out. It could work but Noah had less water maintenance to deal with in the great flood lol.

But if your willing to keep on top of things I think it could just work but you will have to be mega diligent and think of the cost of dechlorintor to for all those water changes.
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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2017, 04:11:16 PM »
That is all very true, think I'm going to have to put off having the saulosi until I get a bigger tank. I think I'm going to go for the zebra Shell dwellers as suggested earlier.

Thank you very much guys.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2017, 04:20:26 PM »
Also, I am just wondering, seeing as these a bottom swimming fish, how would they react to neon tetras? And do the shell dwellers munch on algae or would a pleco be viable?

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2017, 04:42:10 PM »
Most tetra I know of like soft acidic water. The opposite to our fish.

Although the written word may state fish stick to one area of the tank. I often find this is just a simplification of the facts. I don't think tetras would last too long.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2017, 04:45:49 PM »
Also, I am just wondering, seeing as these a bottom swimming fish, how would they react to neon tetras? And do the shell dwellers munch on algae or would a pleco be viable?

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You cannot mix tetras with any type of cichlid they will not survive.. Cichlids are mostly aggressive

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2017, 04:47:24 PM »
No problem, I should of really looked that up haha, about the algae, will the shell dwellers graze or would a clown pleco be safe to put in the tank?

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2017, 04:53:44 PM »
No problem, I should of really looked that up haha, about the algae, will the shell dwellers graze or would a clown pleco be safe to put in the tank?

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The shell dwellers will graze the algae no worries

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2017, 05:38:10 PM »
Your tank is too small for a pleco, and besides, it will battle the Shellies for the shells.  "IF" you get algae, just cut down on the lights, you will not be having plants anyway.  If you really need a scavenger, get a Nerite snail or 2.
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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2017, 07:47:38 PM »
Right ok, that's fair enough, I've just been looking at other shell dwellers and I came across cave dwelling tangs like Neolamprologus leleupi. I am just wondering if these would be viable, I do like the idea of these fish. Thanks again.

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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2017, 08:09:08 PM »
Also, I am just wondering, seeing as these a bottom swimming fish, how would they react to neon tetras? And do the shell dwellers munch on algae or would a pleco be viable?

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I would go for Ottos / Otocinclus are the smallest of all the plecos at 2.3cm
and would be fine with shell dwellers.
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Re: Stocking 125 litre tank
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2017, 08:17:03 PM »
Also, I am just wondering, seeing as these a bottom swimming fish, how would they react to neon tetras? And do the shell dwellers munch on algae or would a pleco be viable?

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I would go for Ottos / Otocinclus are the smallest of all the plecos at 2.3cm
and would be fine with shell dwellers.
Thank you very much, I might just leave the pleco out, keep the cichlids happy haha. I do appreciate your input though.

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