12-29-2006, 04:05 PM
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Welcome Joe. As for the mix in your 20g tank, julies and Malawian cichlids, though not from the same body of water, can be maintained in the same aquarium. Some "purists" do not believe in intertwining the two ecosystems as there are somewhat significant differences in the biotopes. This should not be of any worry as many fish are now bred in captivity under conditions other than that of their home waters and shipped to our lfs. So, if anyone expresses disdain for your mix, remember, it's your tank and yous pays the bills. Sorry for the agitation Mr. Moderator, it just bothers me when someone tells a fellow hobbyist he's doing it wrong when all seems to be ok and the fish are thriving.
One afterthought, ALL auratus that I have or have had seem to be a little more pugnacious than most cichlids. Julis on the other hand are bottom dwellers and would do well with some sort of flowerpot. I don't know about the plants with mbuna though. The plants may get to look pretty ragged.