Mbuna breeding with poor parameters? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 07-13-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
gmate's Avatar
Mbuna breeding with poor parameters?

I have a 20L with two kenyi mbuna (one female one male), a pleco, and a yellow lab (gender unknown). Other inhabitants include more malaysian trumpet snails then I know what to do with, a bamboo shrimp, and a baby red eared slider (turtle)

Overstocked, yeah yeah. Not here to listen to that, I've kept freshwater for years. Growout habitat for all fish and the turtle.

Well I just feed this tank and walk away. Lights are on timers. I top off, but haven't done a water change in months. It's heavily, heavily planted. I hope that helps. Nitrate hasn't been tested in probably a year, neither has PH.

I woke up last week and found baby blue mbuna. Three of them, all decent size (about half an inch). I don't know how I missed it, but these must have been the only fry to have survived.

This week, only one is showing up (it's heavily planted, and I may be missing the others) and he's getting big - FAST.

Are mbuna notorious breeders, or are my parameters in line by luck? I was so excited to see the little guys.

29g Saltwater Reef
10g Freshwater 'vase'
gmate is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 07-13-2012, 07:57 PM
TFK Moderator
Tazman's Avatar
Congrats on the babies.

Not knowing what the parameters are, then it is absolute luck that they have spawned. There are some serious issues though that need taking care of.

The fact as you mentioned the tank is way too small for all those fish. The water parameters could be killing them slowly and reducing their lifespan.

The fact the tank has not had a water change in a long time, is almost certainly something to be concerned about, nitrates while potentially being kept in check by the plants, other stuff in the water such as hormones, pheromones are accumulating in very high levels and not being removed with water changes.

Surprised as well the mbuna have not killed the shrimp or torn your plants to shreds.

The fact you have a turtle in their which produce an enormous amount of waste which is just accumulating in the tank is a major concern as well.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
Tazman is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New mbuna set-up advice and help? aaronjunited Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 10 04-09-2010 10:31 AM
Mbuna compatability Splinter492 Cichlids 9 02-13-2010 12:00 AM
goodbye Mbuna ThalesthePearsei Fish Memorials 8 10-08-2009 02:24 PM
Mbuna and eels lowco1 Cichlids 7 03-02-2009 02:58 PM
mbuna tank dawnki2008 Cichlids 6 01-05-2009 08:47 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome