01-21-2013, 05:57 PM
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Hello you will have fun stocking with Lake Malawi fish. I think you are on the right track, can't go wrong with Yellow Lab Mbuna's and Peacocks. I would stay away from Haps, they get very big. I would recommend a pair of Synodontis multipunctatus (Cuckoo Catfish) if you can find them. They are from Lake Tanganyika and do not get as big as Ocellifer Catfish and Featherfins. If you cannot find Cuckoo's I'd go with one African Featherfin. You will also need a couple of bristlenose pleco's, try to get males with bristles or a male/female pair if you want babies. If you are planning to let your fish breed, I'd go with the Featherfin because Cuckoo's reply on mouthbrooding cichlids to reproduce. The Cuckoo's will get in the middle of the fish at spawning time, the cuckoo's will drop their eggs, the female cichlid picks them up, the Cuckoo's eggs hatch before the cichlid eggs do and they eat the undeveloped cichlid eggs. So, when the female cichlid spits, she spits out Cuckoo catfish fry. If you have any other questions as far as tank set up, ph, etc. just let me know.