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11-18-2008, 01:28 PM
Finally have my 55 up and running for a few months and have brought my albino Acei back to full health. I am now wanting to stock this bad boy and have the following three species in mind. Please let me know what you think about compatibility. (These will all be purchased in quads from a recommended online dealer)
1. Psuedotropheus Saulosi
2. Red Zebra
3. Melanochromis (I really wanted a quad of Psuedotropheus Elongatus, but they have since run out of stock. Should I just wait for more to "grow up"?)
11-18-2008, 02:23 PM
Just Melanochromis covers a lot of fish! Which species? Most would not be good in a 55g.... The elongatus could be potential trouble, they are very aggressive, but their territory requirements are small enough that you might be ok if they don't view the male saulosi as competitors due to similar appearance.
11-18-2008, 02:30 PM
Oops, sorry, EB Johanni. Looking for a good color assortment. Got the orange with the Red Zebra, Blue & Yellow with the Saulosi and was looking for a black or darker fish with vibrant stripes/spots. Any other suggestions would be great, the tank is set up with alot of stacked river jack rocks (4"-6" rond stones), so alot of hiding area as well as swimming area above the rock line and in the back of the tank.
11-18-2008, 05:54 PM
You might get some chasing of the male saluosi with the M. cyaneorhabdos (the EB johanni that I believe you are referring to, both males and females are blue/black), but I don't think you'll get any outright murders. They should be able to work out territories. To be honest I think you'll be happier with the M. cyaneorhabdos since Elongatus females can be plain in comparison. I have a supposed cyaneor, male, in with Ps. Elongatus ornatus there is some chasing but nothing major.
11-20-2008, 02:09 PM
I finally decided on the following, please let me know if any of this should cause problems. Each of these are purchased as 6 juveniles unsexed, hoping to weed out any male to male issues as they grow.
Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos (Maingano)
Labidochromis Caeruleus (Electric Yellow)
Metriaclima Estherae (Red Zebra)
11-20-2008, 04:14 PM
That should make a nice color contrast and should work. I've found that M. cyaneorhabdos can be more tolerant of two males than most Melanochromis species.
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