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lowco1 02-23-2009 03:13 AM

Mbuna and eels
So could I put eels in the same tank with mbuna cichlids?

Lupin 02-23-2009 04:40 AM

Which species of eel? Most of the eels are predatory, something not to be considered with mbunas when you look at their diet.

lowco1 02-23-2009 01:11 PM

I am not sure which species I was just wondering if I could put any in with them.

adpierin11 02-23-2009 02:28 PM

Why don't you just stick with the cichlids?

iamntbatman 02-27-2009 03:15 PM

I would say no. Eels generally prefer softer, more acidic water. Plus, like Lupin pointed out, eels tend to be predatory and often need a diet of frozen or live meaty foods. Cichlids are aggressive feeders and will likely eat this stuff themselves, but African rift lake cichlids really need a diet high in vegetable matter so eating all of that meaty food intended for the eels wouldn't be good for them.

Not to mention that African cichlids tend to be very aggressive and would very likely harass the eels.

easty83 02-27-2009 06:05 PM

if you are looking for something to put with your mbuna why not some of the synodontis??

lowco1 02-27-2009 10:23 PM

The eels that I found are not really considered eels I guess they are called spotted peacock eels.

iamntbatman 03-02-2009 03:58 PM

Peacock eels are one of the more common freshwater eels. I wouldn't recommend them as tankmates for mbuna.

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