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55g nannacara anomala tank stocking

Mhmd

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I recently upgraded to a 55g corner tank, i used to have a 20g with a male and female nannacara anomala and few ember tetras as dither fish ( they are 22 now in the 55g).
I was wondering how many more anomalas can i add and which female/male ratio works best?
 

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I was wondering how many more anomalas can i add and which female/male ratio works best?
Completely depending on the footprint dimensions and structure of your tank. It can be as few as a single animal and up to six. And I have to stress this: It completely depends on the conditions.

Can you post a picture of the tank?
 

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In my 20 and now 40; i found my male was generally very tolerable of other dwarf cichlid but intolerable to other mature male nannacara - at least in close proximity. The females - well i had 2 in the 40 for a while and the tank was dense enough with plants that they generally avoided each other but they were not friendly towards each other and i can't really see two mature pairs of nannacara doing well in the same tank - this is of course different than raising frys or immature siblings. For some reason I've had great difficulty keeping the females alive - my male is nearing 4 years age; but the longest i've been able to keep a female is 18 months so now i just keep the male. Eventually he will pass and then i will turn the tank into a borelli colony i hope. He does seem to try to court the female borelli who is quite confused by his actions but other than spending time inbetween the male and female borelli - he never seems to bother the male - they have been together now just short of 10 months so I think the dynamics are stable. This isn't really a breeding tank as it has a fair number of cories and a pair of pleco who keep the male nannacara well fed. He has learned to spend much of his time totally motionless outside the pleco cave so there is that bonus.
 

Mhmd

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In my 20 and now 40; i found my male was generally very tolerable of other dwarf cichlid but intolerable to other mature male nannacara - at least in close proximity. The females - well i had 2 in the 40 for a while and the tank was dense enough with plants that they generally avoided each other but they were not friendly towards each other and i can't really see two mature pairs of nannacara doing well in the same tank - this is of course different than raising frys or immature siblings. For some reason I've had great difficulty keeping the females alive - my male is nearing 4 years age; but the longest i've been able to keep a female is 18 months so now i just keep the male. Eventually he will pass and then i will turn the tank into a borelli colony i hope. He does seem to try to court the female borelli who is quite confused by his actions but other than spending time inbetween the male and female borelli - he never seems to bother the male - they have been together now just short of 10 months so I think the dynamics are stable. This isn't really a breeding tank as it has a fair number of cories and a pair of pleco who keep the male nannacara well fed. He has learned to spend much of his time totally motionless outside the pleco cave so there is that bonus.
Yes i heard that male nannacara will not tolerate another male, but will always be nice to other fish. So going for some apistos is better than having a community nannacara anomala tank.
Thank you
 

Mhmd

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Completely depending on the footprint dimensions and structure of your tank. It can be as few as a single animal and up to six. And I have to stress this: It completely depends on the conditions.

Can you post a picture of the tank?
Completely depending on the footprint dimensions and structure of your tank. It can be as few as a single animal and up to six. And I have to stress this: It completely depends on the conditions.

Can you post a picture of the tank?
 

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MacZ

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Great looking tank, but...

You have basically a big open plain. That is ok if you have one specimen. The rocks in the back an the side would be ok if you had Malawi cichlids or Steatocranus, but for dwarf cichlids this doesn't work out as a retreat. Breaking lines of sight is what is necessary. You could build a wall under the wood along the line in the middle of the circle section.

And then I would leave it with a pair.
 

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Just for comparison some pictures of my tank from when I build it and nowerdays. I love to use a number of smaller rocks as a base for the wood. The illustration is a schematic of how to build structures. For my tank I decided to use the long axis instead of the short

Structure dwarf cichlids2
Structure dwarf cichlids3
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Structure dwarf cichlids
 

Mhmd

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Great looking tank, but...

You have basically a big open plain. That is ok if you have one specimen. The rocks in the back an the side would be ok if you had Malawi cichlids or Steatocranus, but for dwarf cichlids this doesn't work out as a retreat. Breaking lines of sight is what is necessary. You could build a wall under the wood along the line in the middle of the circle section.

And then I would leave it with a pair.
Yes im holding the wood with the rocks in the back i am waiting for it to get water logged to change the scape, i will do that thank you.
 
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I recently upgraded to a 55g corner tank, i used to have a 20g with a male and female nannacara anomala and few ember tetras as dither fish ( they are 22 now in the 55g).
I was wondering how many more anomalas can i add and which female/male ratio works best?
Where were you able to find those fish? I have been looking everywhere
 

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