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Old 08-02-2007, 06:47 PM   #11
 
somebody said it would raise their aggression since there wouldn't enough territory.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:04 PM   #12
 
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somebody said it would raise their aggression since there wouldn't enough territory.
Like I said, there are always disadvantages in almost everything. Please read this link. I can't explain well with the writer's block I am feeling.
http://www.duboisi.com/malawirec.htm
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:37 PM   #13
 
k that helped but why would other people say not to do this??
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:44 PM   #14
 
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k that helped but why would other people say not to do this??
Overstocking often causes serious health issues because at this point, contagious diseases are easily transmitted especially with fish that are all too often harassed and it is difficult to keep down the nitrates to below 40 ppm unless you have sufficient filtration and doing water changes on almost daily basis.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:53 PM   #15
 
so you have to put alot of work into it, and by daily you mean??
Do you mean two filters or like a filter meant for a 60 gallon tank for a 30 gallon?
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:58 PM   #16
 
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so you have to put alot of work into it, and by daily you mean??
You have to put a lot of effort in maintaining your nitrates below 40 ppm by doing frequent water changes if you wish to overstock. Lake Malawi cichlids produce a lot of wastes
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Do you mean two filters or like a filter meant for a 60 gallon tank for a 30 gallon?
I would prefer the former so that in case, one is not working the other will hopefully continue working thus preventing any possible mini cycles which can harm your fish. Do prefer some airpumps and battery-operated ones in case of power outages. Your fish are liable to gasp from insufficient oxygen during power outages.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:03 PM   #17
 
well i dont know how much work im willing to put in. I will do it least a water change every week maybe twice but i doubt that is sufficient enough.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:06 PM   #18
 
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well i dont know how much work im willing to put in. I will do it least a water change every week maybe twice but i doubt that is sufficient enough.
Monitor your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH nevertheless.

Good luck.;)
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:10 PM   #19
 
k thanks for everything
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:21 PM   #20
 
A 30g tank may be ok for a grow-out tank, but the best size for a GOOD mbuna tank is 125g-135g. Something in the lines of 5-6 feet long.
I have kept African cichlids for many years and have found that by jamming the tank beyond the normal realm of theory that aggression is less than when abiding by the "rules". I jam the tank beyond normal accepted boundries and filter it VERY heavily. I currently have a 300g Malawian tank that must have around 300+ fish in it. It is filtered with (4) Marineland 1140 powerheads over a undergravel filter, (2) Magnum 350 canister filters, (2) Emperor 400's, and (2) Fluval 4+ internal power filters. Substrate is Eco-complete Cichlid Gravel and the Magnums have a crushed coral added to their media containers. Decorations consist of lace rock to form caves and hiding places for the fish.
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