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300 gallon mbana tank

Postby rotccapt » Tue May 01, 2012 6:18 pm

hi all after much deliberation me and my wife have decided that our new 300 gallon plywood tank that measures 72" long 36" wide and 30" tall will be an African Mbana tank. we have been keeping them for about a year in a 120 gallon tank but lost them all to a house fire. so now we are about to build the new tank and are starting over fresh.

so this is what we had in mind for stock;

- 15-20 demasoni or 10 Cynotilapia afra
- 10 yellow lab
- 10 red zebra
- 10 rusties
- 10 albino socolofi
- 10 yellow tail acei

what else should we add to our stock list

we might increase the numbers of each except the demasoni

with the cynotilapia afra can you mix the different color morphs?
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Postby Atrayl » Tue May 01, 2012 7:01 pm

you will probably run into crossbreeding issues between the yellow labs and the red zebras
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Postby rotccapt » Tue May 01, 2012 7:48 pm

im not overly concerned i dont imagine many fry will survive due to some of the cats we will have
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cat or fish?

Postby siaki » Sat May 05, 2012 3:49 pm

lemme understand, do you love fish or cats?
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Postby car0linab0y » Sat May 05, 2012 4:21 pm

Maybe he meant catfish?
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby lilcountrygal » Sun May 06, 2012 9:33 am

maybe its just me, but the instant you mentioned Demasoni in that tank, I thought how bad it would be to tear that tank apart to catch the demasoni who are a) bullied or b) bullies. Id probably skip them for that reason alone. They're beautiful fish, they're just alot of work. If you dont mind the work, demasoni would look great.
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby cantrell00 » Sun May 06, 2012 10:22 am

Are you asking which Afra you can mix? I don't know that I would mix afra as they are predominantly blue/black bar and look very similar to one another..

You could mix Cyno sp; Hara & Cyno afra Nkhata Bay/Jalo Reef/ Likoma though.

As for ratios, I would try to have 3M/5-6F for any of the Cyno's. The males tend to show better if their is competition to contend with. Just keep the males in odd numbers.

Also. If were me, I would swap the Estherae for Met Msbobo but that is just me. Everything looks fine as far as the other groups you mentioned.

Please keep us posted. This looks like a very inetesting (and large) setup!
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby DJRansome » Sun May 06, 2012 11:25 am

I've had trouble with the hara coloring up at all with multiple males in the tank. Of course, it was not a 300G tank.

You could mix yellow Cynotilapia with blue Cynotilapia, but I would not mix the blue barred ones.
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby cantrell00 » Sun May 06, 2012 2:50 pm

DJRansome wrote:I've had trouble with the hara coloring up at all with multiple males in the tank. Of course, it was not a 300G tank.

You could mix yellow Cynotilapia with blue Cynotilapia, but I would not mix the blue barred ones.



Having them in atleast a 6' tank makes all the difference in the world IME.
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby rotccapt » Wed May 09, 2012 4:20 pm

yes i was talking about cat fish we are thinking about a pleco and either pictus cats or striped raphael cats

i think we would like to get Cynotilapia afra (Jalo Reef) or Cynotilapia afra (Nkhata Bay)
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby rotccapt » Wed May 09, 2012 5:00 pm

what would you think of replacing the red zebra with Labeotropheus trewavasae "mpanga red"
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Re: 300 gallon mbana tank

Postby cantrell00 » Wed May 09, 2012 11:10 pm

I would be in favor of it...Would probably favor Msobo over the Mpanga but there isnt any reason why you couldn't have both of them along with the labs, afras, rusty & the acei. I am not real crazy about albino species in general but that is just me. You can handle six species in a tank that size. Probably even seven.
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