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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2010, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Mbuna Setup Some advice please

Hi all,

I have a 120 litre tank Juwel Lido 120 and would like to change the current setup to an Mbuna setup.

To begin with my tap water source has GH 16, PH 8, KH3. I think this is the perfect setup for Mbuna setup right?

Now for filtration I was going to buy the Eheim Ecco Pro 200 ( 600 litres/hr ). Also was going to add another water pump to circulate more the water.

Lightning... right now I have 2x 24W T5 with reflectors. High-LiteŽ Day tube and High-LiteŽ Nature tube. Should I change one of these (Juwel also have High-LiteŽ Colour tube enhances natural colours It intensifies red and blue colours)? These have been running for 1 year. Should I change them because of the light intensity? I have reflectors should I remove them? Currently I leave them on for 10 hours a day because I have plants but now I will not have any more plants or will have some plants that do not require that much of plants like tape grass so how much light should be on?

Gravel what should I get? I would love sand. Maybe something from Seachem (onyx sand) or something else?

Now for the fish. I would like to get for sure Labidochromis caeruleus (yellow labs), then something to mix with yellow labs are Labidochromis sp. Hongi (Kimpuma, Hongi Red Top), or last preference Pseudotropheus demasoni & Pseudotropeus saulosi.

Which do you think that is the best to get togeter? Also how much should I get?

Thanks in advance for your replies
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 06:15 PM
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Here's my tank

Set yours up like this. See my signature for species that are mixed in. Convicts where evicted.



4 X F1 Copadichromis Mloto
2 X Platinum Polypterus
2 X Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Orange Flash)
2 X Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Sunburst)
5 X Ghost X-Ray Tetras
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Tank is nice but to put discus with yellow labs it is just bad!!! Water parameters are extremely opposite of each other.

As for me I am going to have Yellow labs and Pseudotropheus demasoni.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 06:55 PM
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Have you thought about some yellow tail Acei. They are beautiful in my opinion and would go great with the yellow labs. You could also add some Rustys as well.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Have you thought about some yellow tail Acei. They are beautiful in my opinion and would go great with the yellow labs. You could also add some Rustys as well.
The problem is that yellow tail Acei is a bit big for my 120 litre tank. Rusty's are a good alternative to the Pseudotropheus demasoni
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Tank is nice but to put discus with yellow labs it is just bad!!! Water parameters are extremely opposite of each other.

As for me I am going to have Yellow labs and Pseudotropheus demasoni.
I don't have discus with my Malawis???

Good choice on the demasoni, also try for Trapheus bemba or tropheus Duboisi


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2 X Platinum Polypterus
2 X Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Orange Flash)
2 X Apistogramma Cacatuoides (Sunburst)
5 X Ghost X-Ray Tetras
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