If Im not mistaken, your cichlids will be much happier with an overstocked tank. :(
You may be correct, I just stocked it with their full adult size in mind. I have 8 cichlids right now (going by the 1"/gallon rule) so 8cichlidsx4"/gallon/cichlid=32 gallons, roughly the size of my tank (30 gallons).
I would still add more. At 1 inch per gallon. That's not overstock. I would suggest adding 2-3 more Cichlids if your paramaters are in check.
In general, cichlids should be overcrowded. Overcrowding helps to curb aggression by making it difficult for any particular fish to focus on another one. With so many cichlids in the tank, it is difficult for the dominant ones to single out individuals. This spreads the aggression out to many fish which means each individual fish is not too stressed.
However, you must be careful when overcrowding a tank. You will need extra filtration to handle the extra load and you will need to be very regular with your water changes.
In terms of what overcrowding means, let us look at an example. Suppose you have a 58 gallon aquarium. Now, typically you would want around 58” of fish if we are to go by the oversimplified rule of 1” of fish per gallon of water. If we stock it with fish that reach an adult size of 4” then we can expect to pick up around 14 fish. Now, say you pick up three or four more. Now you will have 68”-72” of fish. Notice that we did not add a huge amount over the recommended, but we did add a few more to pack the fish in the aquarium.
Nice job. Just watch your ph. Driftwood loves to play with your water parameters and might drop your ph too low. Africans like it around 8. Very nice design though.
Many thanks for the heads up, I had bought aragonite sand for this reason. I am looking to switch out the driftwood in the future; so far the rocks and sand are keeping the ph above 7.6, as my tests are reading.
But you can add coral to offset that issue
nice looking tank. Funny how i see at least 5 decorations that i have too lol. Like everyone one of those rocks, plants and drift wood hahaha. still great.
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