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Rift Valley lake decision
Hi all, I'm new here.

I have set up a 150 litre (ish) (120 cm x 30 cm x 43 cm, minus crushed coral substrate and rocks. It is currently about a week into a fishless cycle. pH is 8, haven't checked hardness, but I imagine it's hard. The filter is a Eheim pro 4 250. Temperature is 28 degrees C.

I am trying to decide between a Malawi tank with either mbuna or peacock cichlids, or a Tanganyika tank, with, well, I'm not that sure.

I have years of experience keeping and breeding South American cichlids (sevrums, discus, angels, and lots and lots of Apistos), but i have very little experience keeping Rift Valley cichlids. I have kept mbuna, but not in a serious way. I have also kept Altolamprologus and also Neolamprologus brichardi, and some shellies (multis I think), but most of these were inherited fish, rather than planned.

I'd love to try Tangs, but my main concern is availability, and compatibility. I live in Cambridge and I have a car, so can travel, but does anyone know where to get good quality Tangs from in the East/South East of England?

Also, any recommendations for stocking?

Obviously I would make sure the water parameters were in the correct ranges for the fish/ lake involved, probably by either making my own buffer or buying one.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks in advance!

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Hello and welcome Rob Smile
Unfortunately i am useless with Malawi or Tanganyikan cichlids other thanthey look pretty Big Grin
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Welcome!! Can’t wait to see pictures of the tank when it’s all set up. Had to google Rift Valley cichlids, amazing colours. Love how cichlids big & small always look so peed off haha,
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The water in Cambridge is perfectly hard for Rift valley cichlids, the water needs to be around 26C for a Malawi tank (after the cycle is complete).
You'll have to decide on whether it's a Malawi tank (26C) or a Tanganyika tank (25C).
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also don't mix the two! ones a meat eater, the others a veggie!
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Thanks for the replies!

Yes, I will only be keeping one of either mbuna, peacocks or (smallish) tangs. It the availability that is the problem for tangs for me. I see lake Malawi cichlids everywhere.

Also, the tank is at 28 degrees C, without the heater on! It's been so hot recently. Hopefully it'll cool down soon.

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Welcome to the forum. Smile
I know to have to overstock Rift Lake cichlids, but isn't a 150l a bit small for most Tangs? They tend to be big.
You'd only be able to squeeze about 12 of the smaller Malawis in there as well...?
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Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!

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Hello and welcome to the forum, looking forward to seeing your progress, with pics of course, we love pics here Wink
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Hi plankton,

Yes, you might be right about the size. I'm now thinking shellies, with perhaps some Cyprichromis leptosoma and/or Paracyprichromis nigripinnis, if I can get hold of them.

Annie - I'll get some photos soon. I thought i uploaded one already, but it appears not!

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shellies in a 4 foot tank? need about 100 to fill that up!!
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