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How many can I put in a 30 gallon?

Postby lil.guppy » Mon May 12, 2008 8:06 pm

I have someone interested in my Kenyi babies. She has a 30 gallon and wants to know how many can go in there. I dont want to give her the wrong figures. I have 20 babies available. Can she get away with putting all 20 in there? I told her that as they mature there might be some fighting with that many but I was not sure.

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Postby Dave » Mon May 12, 2008 9:31 pm

This tank would only be suitable as a temporary grow out tank for these fish.
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Postby fishwolfe » Tue May 13, 2008 3:16 am

i think a 30 would be to small for more than a full grown pair.but i would tell her that a 55g would be a good investment in the near future.then she could get 1 male, 3 or 4 females, when fully grown.and they will need heavy filtration and lots of caves too.get a 55 off craigslist for cheap and transfer all the filters from the 30 to it to keep the cost down.i personally love my kenyi's.
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Postby Dave » Tue May 13, 2008 2:17 pm

Mbuna are not pairing fish, I would not recommend keeping them in pairs. This 30 gallon is not suitable for even subadults of this species. Even a 55 would be pushing it considering the aggression level of this fish.
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