help me populate my tank

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help me populate my tank

Post by ballpiefun »

Hi. I am new to fishkeeping. I keep snakes and have a dedicated room for my reptiles which also now contains my 170cm (left to right) x 60cm (bottom to top) x 40cm (front to back) empty fish tank. My intention, once the water meets the required chemistry, is to keep mbuna cichlids. From my research I have narrowed down my list of potential tankmates to the following;
Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis freibergi
Labidochromis perlmutt
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Melanochromis dialeptos
Melanochromis joanjohnsonae
Pseudotropheus acei
Pseudotropheus livingstonii
Pseudotropheus perspicax
Tropheops chilumba

My question is how many of these varieties can I or should I keep in the same tank? Also, are there recommended group sizes for each species and ratios of males to females? I have read that overstocking helps to reduce bullying. What is the recommended total number of fish for this size tank? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Patrick.
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