Fish Compatibility With African Cichlids

Fishing1118

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I have a 75g aquarium with about 18 african cichlids a crayfish and some snails. Some of the african cichlids are demasoni, acei, labs, etc. the temp is about 82 degrees with a ph of 8-8.2. I did put some salt in as a buffer so it is slightly brackish. I was wondering what other fish could go in this tank. I know about the catfish and other common stuff but I was wondering about some of the more diverse and uncommon fish. Some thoughts I had but count get a definitive answer on were eels, figure 8 pufferfish, fiddler crabs, bichirs, shrimp, and other cool fish
 

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I personally wouldn't try adding any of the above with your mbuna cichlids.   If you want a mixed tank it's best to go with peacocks and haps.  They are a lot more easy going than the mbuna. 
 

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you also shouldn't be using salt; these aren't brackish fish.
 
If you need to buffer your water, use proper a Malawi/Rift valley mineral mix.
 

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I am not sure but my personal experience with snails is that they should not be mixed with mbunas. The mbunas will harass them to death and in case a snail dies there will be a big ammonia spike in the tank. Veterans members please check if my experience is valid.
 

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