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Stocking for my new 55g
Old 06-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #11
 
As promised some Pics of my new arrivals :)











I know I know I went a bit picture daft
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:41 PM   #12
 
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They look great and the pictures are excellent! Also loving the aquascape! They will be very happy fish.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:02 PM   #13
 
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They look great and the pictures are excellent! Also loving the aquascape! They will be very happy fish.
I totally agree. You have some beautiful fish there.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:09 AM   #14
 
fish and tank looks really good.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:48 AM   #15
 
Thank you :)

I'll take more pics once I get the demasoni in there too.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:32 AM   #16
 
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Excuse me!

Excuse me for reviving this thread from last month. It seemed silly to start a whole new one when my questions are so similar. I have a 55g that I just got my hands on as well and I'm considering two possible setups.

I really love the look of the demasonis that have been discussed earlier in this thread. I understand that a large group of them will break down the aggression a bit and as such there isn't room for too much more going on. Are there other good mbuna species to go with them besides the yellow labs?

My second option (still weighing things) would be to go with a pair of larger cichlids, Jack Dempseys or the like.

I'd appreciate comments or questions.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:02 AM   #17
 
Well my Demasoni and yellow labs are getting on great atm...in fact 3 of my yellow labs are holding

As for fish that go well with the demasoni, basically anything that doesnt look like them, no blue fish with vertical stripes. The reasoning is they will mistake them for other Demasoni this could cause cross breeding which all good aquarists want to avoid. So maybe somthing like rusty cichlids, red top ndumbi, Scolofi to name but a few. Just check out what you like the look of and avoid those with similar colour/pattern. Demasoni are quite aggressive little fish but its kept mostly to thier own species, so they should get along with a wide range of mbuna just not the super aggressive ones.

I'd avoid putting them in with any CA or SA cichlids its a recipe for a headache considering that they dont have the same water requirements and the mbuna's and American cichlids behaviour will rub off on one another causing more aggression.

hope Ive helped a little :)
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:18 PM   #18
 
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Thanks for the info. I like the look of they rusties a lot, so that might be the direction I go in.

As far as asking about the bigger CA and SA guys, I was thinking of it as a totally different setup. If you have experience with both, which do you thing is easier and which more interesting/fun? I know that's really a point of opinion but I'm just wondering.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:39 AM   #19
 
In my opinion the africans, they are just so active and full of character and colour but as you said its personal opinion that counts :)

Rusties are lovely if healthy and happy the have a gorgeous colour to them and they are one of the least aggressive mbuna spieces :)
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:03 PM   #20
 
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Thanks again! The labs just don't do it for me.
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