Rift Lake Tankmate Recommendations

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I am not trying to breed them. Will adding a female spread out the aggression, or will it cause them to become more aggressive? I want to add fish that will spread out the aggression. I will likely be moving them to a larger tank soon.
 

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Having 4 males, especially africans in one tank is asking for trouble unless you have a huge tank and a ton of room for each to create his own territory.
 

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To really accomplish that you would need several, and they all need to be the same species because thats what is wrong, cichlids are basically only that way with their own species. They want their own territory, and your current tank is not providing that.
 

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They are all the same species. That is why I am going to get a larger tank very soon. I am going to look on KSL for a cheap 75.
 

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Even at that you will still need to set it up with 3 distinct territories. Like one at each end of the tank and one in the midde, with plenty of landscaping between each territory to keep them from seeing each other all the time.
 

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I am having trouble finding a used tank. Do you think that the cichlids would be ok in the 40 until the next petco dollar per gallon sale when I can get a 75? I think the next sale is in 3 months.
 

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So do you think that they will be fine in the 40 gallon tank with no additional fish for 3 months @Anders247 @Fish? I am only going to add more fish once I have a larger tank for them.
 

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If I put in females once I have a larger tank, how many do you think I should add?

I actually found a 75 gallon tank for $35 that needs resealing and I might be picking it up on saturday.

I plan to use PVC pipe as caves for the male haps.
 
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I didn't pick up the 75. The people selling it were busy last saturday and I forgot to call today. I plan to call tomorrow to see if they still have it. I hope they do.
 
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