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Stocking Help : Tanganyikan Tank
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PostPosted: 2011.01.13(Thu)21:24    Post subject: Stocking Help : Tanganyikan Tank Reply with quote

Hi there -
I have a 29G tank (not the tall type) that I'll be setting up. pH is about 8.3, so I think my only option is a Cichlid/Tanganyikan Tank. I would love one larger fish as the focal point and then a few smaller ones, but I know I'm a little limited by the size of the tank. If it were yours, what would you stock it with?

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Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: 2011.01.15(Sat)7:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

That pH does limit things. I have a higher pH out of the tap as well. I mix my WC's with half spring water (6.4), use peat in the filters as well as under the substrate and have plants and driftwood in the tanks. The pH stays consistent between 6.8 and 7.4. A RO water filter would also accomplish these ends.

For a 29 gallon tank you could consider two or three Julidochromis (one male). Three or four Neolamprologus caudopunctatus or Neolamprologus cylindricus is also something I would try. Do not mix different species of Neolamprologus. Also be careful as they will pair off (no harem) and become aggressive towards the others. Removing one or two will almost be certain. You could also consider a pair of Tanganicodus irsacae.

Unfortunately you are very limited with the size and water specs. Most Africans are territorial/aggressive and there just isn't enough room for a focal (centerpiece) fish and others. Also keep in mind that once you add the rockwork that these fish need, your water volume will be much less than 29 gallons.
You're gonna need a bigger boat...
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PostPosted: 2011.01.15(Sat)13:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shellies and a calvus could work.
Start with a trio of shellies - multis, occis or whatever you can get really.
Add a juvenile calvus.

If you have hard tapwater there is a fair chance someone in your area keeps tangs. try a wanted ad on craigslist.
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