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Could I add 3 frontosa to my 110g tank?

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by ali_uk_1, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. ali_uk_1

    ali_uk_1 Registered Member

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    I'm looking to add more fish to my tank (120 x 50 x 70), and am hoping for suggestions on what would be appropriate.

    At the moment I have 1 leleupi (around 4 years old, and very dominant!), 1 cylindricus, 1 syno multipunctus, 2 calvus and 1 compressiceps.

    I do weekly 60% water changes, and my parameters are zero ammonia and nitrite, 10-20 nitrate (same as tap water), pH 7.8 and kh 14.

    I have tried adding a group of 8, 3 inch cyps (approx the same size as the leleupi) but within 10 minutes the leleupi had one of their heads in its mouth and I had to remove them.

    Do you think it would be ok to add a group of 3, 7 inch fronts to this tank, or is this tank not really big enough? Do you think there would be aggression between any of these fish?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    My main concern would be that the fronts would get beat up. fronts are some of the most mild mannered cichlids you can find, with them getting up around a food a piece, you'll probably have problems with them eating your other fish :/
     
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    You could but i would not add more than what you suggested, I had five in a 120gal 5' footprint with the same fish you listed and all was fine, I just didn't keep them past 9" if you want something that is a little smaller and looks like them you could try a trio of Tretocephalus..
     
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    Thanks for your replies. It seems that adding fronts isn't a very good idea. I've had tretocephalus before, but they were killed too (probably by the same leleupi).

    If I re-aquascape the tank, add a group of new leleupi (or tretocephalus) then add my fish back in later do you think that would work? Or do you think they would all get killed too?
     
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    Not sure in my experience of keeping Tangs is that my Lelupi were aggressive like everyone else but didn't kill any of the others so you just may have a very aggressive Lelupi, I just sold off a 5 pack of the Tret's but mine were big and they were very aggressive so it may be a choice of getting something already bigger to off set the tables of sizes with aggression or just rehome the Lelupi..

    To answer your question though if you do a rescape and add the fish back at a later date it may work for a bit but the aggression will come back as well, its just how Tang's roll..
     

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