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    Quote Originally Posted by colorblizzle View Post
    Ianr I agree about them being weak alone I had that problem til I got a 2nd one. But I use the same water for them as I do for my malawis and they thrived. And considering me and davidpaul live close to eachother it's probably the same water. PH 7.8 KH 170ppm
    So my Tank seems to be goin along just great. My signature has the current listing fish in my aquarium. I have a saving up to get the API Freshwater testing system to get better readings of the water. I do a gravel vac / water change about every 2 weeks now. The Diatoms/brown algea has died down considerablely.

    I think I want to create more hiding places, and get the water testing system (I just have the dip strips now).

    Any suggestions as to how many more fish to buy? LFS says to stop at 24, I currently have 12 but I am afraid the when they are full grown 24 will be to many. I asking for opinions as to what I should do? and what order to do them?

    -- More hiding places?
    -- Better water testing system (currently using dip strips)
    -- Magnafloat to help clean the glass (currently I just use a rag during the water tank change).
    -- More fish? if so should I round out the kinds I have or suggestions of other ones to add.
    -- Other items.???

    Suggestion are welcome.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    Round out the ones you have. About 6 total each considering the male to female ration. No more Johntsoni. They aren't very aggressive but they'll be the biggest in that tank.
    125g- Labidochromis caerulous, Sciaenochromis fryeri Maleri Island, Protomelas Taeniolatus Male, Cynotilapia Sp. Gallireya Reef (White Top Hara) W/C + F1

    40g- Oblique zebras

    20g long- ocellatus "gold", calvus "white" Chaitika

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    Also watch the Socolofi, a 72 should be fine for their territory but they can be rather aggressive given not enough room. Rounding out to 6 should keep any aggression towards themselves rather than towards others. Johnstoni can get grumpy if they don't have enough room to swim around in so maybe Keep an area they can swim in.
    125g- Labidochromis caerulous, Sciaenochromis fryeri Maleri Island, Protomelas Taeniolatus Male, Cynotilapia Sp. Gallireya Reef (White Top Hara) W/C + F1

    40g- Oblique zebras

    20g long- ocellatus "gold", calvus "white" Chaitika

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    Do you have a 72 bow or 46 bow? The dimensions you have listed are closest to a 46 bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorblizzle View Post
    Got her by the proverbial balls for once lol

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    I would definately get a liquid test kit and toss the dip strips (or use them up first) but they are not as accurate IMO
    10 gallon - pelvicachromis pulcher, cryptocoryne wendtii, rotala indica, anubias nana.

    45 gallon - labidochromis caeruleus, iodotropheus sprengarae, bristlenose plecosthumus, paralabidochromis chromogynos piebald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metricliman View Post
    Do you have a 72 bow or 46 bow? The dimensions you have listed are closest to a 46 bow.
    Here is a link with the description of my tank: http://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Aquar...ure-Sets/15846

    It is taller tank.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanR29 View Post
    Also watch the Socolofi, a 72 should be fine for their territory but they can be rather aggressive given not enough room. Rounding out to 6 should keep any aggression towards themselves rather than towards others. Johnstoni can get grumpy if they don't have enough room to swim around in so maybe Keep an area they can swim in.
    I have noticed one of the Socolofi is a little more aggressive, and does chase the other two socolofi, but leaves everyone else alone.

    The Johnstoni are fine right now, but based on all the comments here I wish I did not get them, but time will tell. I do find it interesting that they do not like going into the holes in the holey rock, and prefer to be out in the open.

    I really enjoy the yellow labs, they are so cute.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanR29 View Post
    Round out the ones you have. About 6 total each considering the male to female ration.
    I am sure over time, I might learn the difference between the Male and Female fish, but right now I have no ideal what I have of each. All my fish right now are smaller, most of them are less than 2 inches long.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    Hey, I will try to get more recent pictures, but I am enjoying my Cichild tank, alot more action and more additude than the community tropical fiah tanks I have had in the past.

    I am about out of my flake fish food, I still have the sinking pellets that I got from the same fish store I got my current fish from. Any suggestion as what to look for in flake food for my Cichlid's? Should I just get smaller size containers? Should I mix in some off my current flake food with the new so as not to shock the fish? Should I just stick with the pellets?

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    As far as a flake I would recommend spiraling flake. Bluefish in Granville sells them I'm not sure about v. I. Pet tho. It's very healthy for their digestive tracts

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    Spirulina*

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    I use new life spectrum sinking pellets, 1mm and 3 mm for te bigger fishies along with Omega 1 cichlid flakes. It's a little higher on the protein scale at I think 38% but I haven't had any problems. Spirulina flakes are good as well for mbuna, omega one makes them as well but not sure on quality compared to Colors. I just just a variety of food. Even sinking algae pellets work good.
    125g- Labidochromis caerulous, Sciaenochromis fryeri Maleri Island, Protomelas Taeniolatus Male, Cynotilapia Sp. Gallireya Reef (White Top Hara) W/C + F1

    40g- Oblique zebras

    20g long- ocellatus "gold", calvus "white" Chaitika

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanR29 View Post
    I just a variety of food. Even sinking algae pellets work good.
    I have just used up my algae wafers, it is so fun watching them "fight" over the algae wafer. So the pellets should be safer.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    It is interesting comparing pictures. This one was taken Months ago...
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    and this one was taken about a week ago...
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    and one of the blue socolofi decided to do some redecorating ad was taken this morning, I tried to get in in action but missed...
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    Comparing the two above I can see how much they have grow in size, and of course I have added some more fish in between the two pictures.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorblizzle View Post
    I would definately get a liquid test kit and toss the dip strips (or use them up first) but they are not as accurate IMO
    Hey you ever watch the TV Show named TANKED? It is a show of a business that makes customer large tanks for people. I think it is interesting whenever they show them testing the water they are using dip strips when it is a freshwater tank and the liquid test kits when it is saltwater.

    72 Gallon Aquarium Tank size is 39w x 18.75d x 25.5h
    4 - Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Labs)
    6 - Pseudotropheus socolofi (Powder Blue Cichlid)
    2 - Placidochromis johnstoni
    2 - Pseudotropheus deep magunga red
    2 - Bristlenose Plecostomus
    2 - 60 pound Holey Rocks
    2 - Baby Cichlids May be Yellow Labs

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