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catdawg426 12-11-2010 12:39 AM

50 gallon stocking list
 
Ok, so this is probably way off, but I found these online and was wondering if they would work.
I have a 50 gallon tank, the pH is around 8-8.2, my hardness is around 7 and I have plenty of lava rocks and hiding spots:-)
I'm planning on a Malawi Mbuna tank.
-1 male and 4 females of each:
Elongatus Kanchedza (Buy Live Elongatus Kanchedza .)
Metriaclima Callainos (Buy Live Cobalt Blue Zebra Metriaclima Callainos)
Red Top Ndumbi (Buy Live Red Top Ndumbi Pseudotropheus sp. "Perspicax Orange Cap")

hopefully these can coexist?

Thanks for helping me haha,
-Ian

rrcoolj 12-11-2010 10:41 AM

Stock looks fine to me. I would recommend a 4ft tank assuming the 50 gallon is only 3ft. You would be surprised how much that foot helps at keeping aggression down. Could we get the dimensions of your 50?

catdawg426 12-11-2010 11:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rrcoolj (Post 532053)
Stock looks fine to me. I would recommend a 4ft tank assuming the 50 gallon is only 3ft. You would be surprised how much that foot helps at keeping aggression down. Could we get the dimensions of your 50?

The tank is actually 4 feet long, 13 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It's a pretty long 50 gallon :-)

lorax84 12-11-2010 01:24 PM

I think the stock list is great. The biggest concern with mbunas is the amount of territory and the amount of hiding spots. As long as you have enough rock inlets and caves you are fine. When I kept mbunas I had a ton of limestone stacked in the tank to make caves and break up the sight lines. It also helped keep the hardness up since i used sand in my tank and no crushed coral, although it does not look like you need buffer your water any more.

rrcoolj 12-11-2010 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by catdawg426 (Post 532086)
The tank is actually 4 feet long, 13 inches wide and 18 inches tall. It's a pretty long 50 gallon :-)

Then erything looks good. I say gor for it :-)

catdawg426 12-12-2010 09:43 PM

Alrighty, so it looks like my stock list is good, so now for the tank. I have lots of lava rock, some limestone, and crushed coral as gravel. I think I have enough hiding spots but I'm not 100% sure. I would think that anything else would take up swimming space? Here is some pics...
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030686-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030687-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030688-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030689-2.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030690-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030691-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030692-1.jpg
http://i1044.photobucket.com/albums/...S5030693-1.jpg
P.S. There is a lot more hiding spots in the lava rock then it looks and the dragon I have bubbles you also can't really tell that.


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