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New tank for Mbuna need advice
Old 08-06-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
 
New tank for Mbuna need advice

I am going to build an aquarium for Mbuna species in my garage. Untill now I do not know what is the best size to do. Maybe a help from you is great I am going to get a few Labidochromis caeruleus and a few Pseudotropheus demasoni or Pseudotropheus saulosi but then there will be too much yellow maybe 10-15 of each group.


1. Firstly the tank 75gallon, 80gallon or larger? (I prefer not larger then 80 gallon)
2. How can I make sure that I get most females and not much males?
3. I am going to get a few bristlenose for a clean up crew.
4. As for stones I got some limescale stones already.
5. As for gravel I am going to get some black sand.
6. Temperature would be set for about 25C.
7. Would they interbreed?
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
 
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I am going to build an aquarium for Mbuna species in my garage. Untill now I do not know what is the best size to do. Maybe a help from you is great I am going to get a few Labidochromis caeruleus and a few Pseudotropheus demasoni or Pseudotropheus saulosi but then there will be too much yellow maybe 10-15 of each group.


1. Firstly the tank 75gallon, 80gallon or larger? (I prefer not larger then 80 gallon)
75 will be fine for the fish you want. In fact you can add another species. How about acei?
2. How can I make sure that I get most females and not much males?
The best way to ensure correct ratios is to either buy a bunch of small juveniles and vent them when they are descent size or to get the gender you want or buy subadult already vented fish.
3. I am going to get a few bristlenose for a clean up crew.
Sounds fine but some mbunas have been known to eat the eyes out of plecos or even flip them over and attack their under belly. I would try it out but keep that in mind
4. As for stones I got some limescale stones already.
Sounds fine. Make sure you create plenty of caves and crevices and make sure the rocks are stacked so they won't fall even if the cichlids dig under them. I would suggest buying eggcrate(also known as light diffuser) putting it on the bottom of your tank so the rocks won't scratch the glass and to help the rocks stay where they are. Stack the rocks first then add the substrate.
5. As for gravel I am going to get some black sand.
Sounds fine black sand will look nice with your fish.
6. Temperature would be set for about 25C.
Sounds fine
7. Would they interbreed?
They shouldn't interbreed especially if you have enough of each species
Sounds like you are of to a good start. I would go with demasoni and get 12 because they can be very aggressive toward the same species. As for the labs I would get like 8-9 and also I would add maybe 5-6 yellow tail acei also. Or you could do hongi or rusty cichlids instead of the acei. Any mild aggression mbuna you can find really.
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #3
 
wouldn't the acei and hongi interbreed with each other of the species that I mentioned before?

what do you mean by vent them? It is listed on the second question.

thanks for your replies :)
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
 
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I didn't mean add all of them I meant acei or hongi or rusty cichlid. Although It's POSSSIBLE any mbuna species will interbreed usually only species with similar color, shape, or fish that belong to the same species will interbreed. Keeping a lot of the same species will lessen the chance that a fish will breed outside it's own species.

Venting is looking at the vent of a fish in order to tell it's gender. Her's a link.
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