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Adding juvie Mbuna to existing tank
Old 02-25-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
 
Adding juvie Mbuna to existing tank

I have a 48" 75g tank with mixed Mbuna at the present. My Jalo Reefs have dwindled down to only three and I would like to restock with about 10-12 more of them and maybe 6 more dwarf petricola.

I currently have 22 fish that are 2.5-3" adults I bought as juvies about this time last year. Rusties, Labs, M.esterae, dwarf petricola and the three Jalo reef C. zebroides.

It is a fairly crowed tank. Does anyone know if adding 1.5" julvies to the group would be ok?

In the next few months I plan to set up a 6" 120g and move either the Labs or Red Zebras to the new tank because they really shouldn't be kept together.

Thanks for advise.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
 
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What concerns me here is why the Jalo Reefs have dwindled down? Is this from aggression?

There is no reason in a 6ft tank that Red Zebra and Labs cant be kept together, the only reason really why they cant be kept together is sometimes aggression, but more often than not they crossbreed so you end up with hybrid fry.

I would wait until you move to the bigger tank before adding any more fish, you are pushing the maximum stocking at the moment for a 75g tank. Yes mbuna need to be overstocked, but there is a limit.

What exactly do you use for filtration?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:07 PM   #3
 
One was lost in shipping last year, one was sucked onto the wavemaker and one male was killed by another male about 6 mo ago. I have one dominant male remaining and the others look like they sub dominant males with dark coloring and hang out with the rusties.

I would like to move out the 6 M. estherae to the new tank and get a lot more female Jalo reef for my existing tank. My filter is a rena filstar.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:04 PM   #4
 
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Sorry for the delayed reply, mod stuff and work took over

Ok on the loss, the fact that there is a dominant male in there means you should absolutely get more females, males dont tend to get along too well. How many males in total of the jalos do you have?

In terms of filtration, I would seriously consider getting at least another canister for the 125g, cichlids need to be over filtered by a lot.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
 
In my 75g I currently have 3 Jalo Reef. 1 dominant male with brilliant colors and what I am pretty sure are 2 sub dominant males who are dark in color and look very unhappy. That is why I would like to add about 10-12 juvies to get more females then weed out the extra males into my new larger tank. I have a Rena Filstar size M canister filter.

I will be setting up a 6" 120g tank in the next few months and will be able to move the extra males into this new tank. I plan to get two canister filters for the new tank, not sure what kind yet. I would like to separate the yellow labs and m.estherae from the existing tank so they don't cross breed.

My concern is adding juvenile fish to the existing tank. I bought the fish as juvies about this same time last year and none exceed 4 inches. I guess I could wait until I get the new tank set up and move some fish out before adding new ones, like you said. However the poor fish look so unhappy. I may think about moving them out to my 30 gallon hospital tank which is empty at the moment for the time being.
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