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migdem 09-12-2010 07:42 AM

Mbuna Setup Some advice please
 
Hi all,

I have a 120 litre tank Juwel Lido 120 and would like to change the current setup to an Mbuna setup.

To begin with my tap water source has GH 16, PH 8, KH3. I think this is the perfect setup for Mbuna setup right?

Now for filtration I was going to buy the Eheim Ecco Pro 200 ( 600 litres/hr ). Also was going to add another water pump to circulate more the water.

Lightning... right now I have 2x 24W T5 with reflectors. High-Lite® Day tube and High-Lite® Nature tube. Should I change one of these (Juwel also have High-Lite® Colour tube enhances natural colours It intensifies red and blue colours)? These have been running for 1 year. Should I change them because of the light intensity? I have reflectors should I remove them? Currently I leave them on for 10 hours a day because I have plants but now I will not have any more plants or will have some plants that do not require that much of plants like tape grass so how much light should be on?

Gravel what should I get? I would love sand. Maybe something from Seachem (onyx sand) or something else?

Now for the fish. I would like to get for sure Labidochromis caeruleus (yellow labs), then something to mix with yellow labs are Labidochromis sp. Hongi (Kimpuma, Hongi Red Top), or last preference Pseudotropheus demasoni & Pseudotropeus saulosi.

Which do you think that is the best to get togeter? Also how much should I get?

Thanks in advance for your replies

TankMAster 09-14-2010 05:15 PM

Here's my tank

Set yours up like this. See my signature for species that are mixed in. Convicts where evicted.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._8120610_n.jpg

migdem 09-14-2010 05:18 PM

Tank is nice but to put discus with yellow labs it is just bad!!! Water parameters are extremely opposite of each other.

As for me I am going to have Yellow labs and Pseudotropheus demasoni.

beachcire 09-14-2010 05:55 PM

Have you thought about some yellow tail Acei. They are beautiful in my opinion and would go great with the yellow labs. You could also add some Rustys as well.

migdem 09-14-2010 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beachcire (Post 471445)
Have you thought about some yellow tail Acei. They are beautiful in my opinion and would go great with the yellow labs. You could also add some Rustys as well.

The problem is that yellow tail Acei is a bit big for my 120 litre tank. Rusty's are a good alternative to the Pseudotropheus demasoni

TankMAster 09-15-2010 03:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by migdem (Post 471412)
Tank is nice but to put discus with yellow labs it is just bad!!! Water parameters are extremely opposite of each other.

As for me I am going to have Yellow labs and Pseudotropheus demasoni.

I don't have discus with my Malawis??? :shock:

Good choice on the demasoni, also try for Trapheus bemba or tropheus Duboisi


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