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invictusmaneo 01-27-2009 07:14 PM

My Mbuna tank
Some of you may have read my thread on the growing pains on the tank but after a bit of research and thinking I quickly got it under control. Still doing every other day water treatments and closely monitoring the parameters but all the fish are healthy, active and their typical Mbuna turd PITA. A blast to watch however. The tank contains 1 male Lab, 2 female labs (all juvies), 1 male Kenyii (biggest pain in the tank) and 1 female Demasoni. So far aggression is relatively in check; the labs and dem get along great, in fact the labs are like a bunch of mice as far as following each other. The kenyii has hit a recent streak of aggression, particularly at feeding, towards all of them. For the most part he leaves the labs be, but likes to chase the demasoni. There are plenty of hiding spots but the dem typically doesn't go in them for some odd reason. Usually the kenyii is hanging out in his mancave (pictured below).

Tank setup is a tad unorthodox; false driftwood and artificial plants aren't quite your typical Mbuna environment but they seem to enjoy it, particularly the demasoni and labs as they enjoy swimming in and around the plants. I will probably be adding some more rocks to the rear in the future-I found a large artificial rock setup with many hiding spots that will fit perfect however take away from some of the color in the tank. If I do add more Mbunas (undecided as of yet..they stay away from the top of the tank and I am considering experimenting with something at the top of the tank to fill it) I will probably get it. All comments are welcome; needless to say it's been a steep learning curve with these guys but it has been fun!

(click for the fullsize of each)

veganchick 01-28-2009 05:24 PM

very cool! what size? The striped guy is sooo cool!!!

invictusmaneo 01-28-2009 06:29 PM

26 gallon bowfront

Twistersmom 01-28-2009 07:42 PM

Looks grrrrreat!

Kim 01-29-2009 12:41 PM

I like it! As for the decorations, they actually look pretty natural for fake, and the whole tank looks good to me. I mean it's not like you got hot pink gravel or anything ;) The fish are gorgeous too! And they take good pictures :)

aunt kymmie 01-29-2009 04:47 PM

Very nice looking fish. You take very good pictures! :-)

invictusmaneo 01-30-2009 10:04 AM

Thanks for all the comments. As I said I took a bit of an unorthodox approach and I have been fairly lucky so far. In about two weeks I hope to add some more fish, we'll see what mbunas strike my fancy at the time.

easty83 01-30-2009 10:25 AM

sweet tank dude. I personally have a 112 gallon malawi tank and i have at least 7 types of species. just remember with africans its better to overstock to keep the agression down as well as put more then one fish in at a time and rearrange the tabk decorations when you do add new fish.

willow 01-30-2009 03:46 PM

very nice indeed :)
you take lovely pictures,and i like mabunas for the way they behave infront of the camra.

veganchick 02-01-2009 04:38 PM

They don't seem to mind the absence of rocks! I like the cave thing u've got in the front, where did you get it?

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