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125 litre tank stocking advice #1
I'm currently in the process of using my 125 litre tank as a 'life boat' for my main 250 litre community tank that went t*ts-up recently. I'm *hoping* that the 125 litre tank will become vacant in the next week and I wish to use it as a cichlid tank.
Is it possible to use it for a mini Malawi setup? Or perhaps for a pair of convicts/firemouths or something along those lines?
This will be my first cichlid-only tank so any help is appreciated
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #2
Hi

Too small for Malawi. Even dwarf Mbuna need a 200L mimimum unfortunately as they need the footprint due to their aggression.

A pair of Firemouths or Convicts would be fine in there if your water suits, but in either case you may struggle to find a mated pair so will need to buy a group of around six juveniles and grow them on until a pair forms and then rehome the rest. Be aware that Convicts will produce frequent large broods of offspring that can be very hard to find homes for.
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #3
Whats your water like? pH wise if you have a high pH like 7.8+ you could do a multi tank, if its at the bottom end, sort of 7.2ish you go could dwarf cichlids like Bolivian Rams.
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #4
Tap water PH seems to be swaying a fair bit at the moment. It's normally 6.8 but it's as high as 7.6 at the moment. No idea why that is
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #5
something to do with your supplier I expect. If it's 6.8 and soft water you'll have to buffer up gH and kH for Tangs or for Central Americans.
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #6
Well, this tank is about to become vacant now. I've put all my fish into the main tank now that it has fully cycled, apart from my clown loaches for a few days because they have touch of ich and I want to be 100% sure that the main tank is fine before moving them.
As for the 125l tank, I was thinking of some German or Bolivian rams with a school of tetras, perhaps rummy nose. Would they be ok in a 125l tank?
My tap water is about PH 6.6-6.8 now, with nitrates up to about 5ppm.
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #7
What's the gH?
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Re: 125 litre tank stocking advice #8
I'm unsure because I don't have a test kit for that. But according to United Utilities website, we're in a 'very soft' water area.