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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:38 pm

Kool
Set on the 55g Mbuna tank then. Now if I could get set for my 29g Tang tank

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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby magic10 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:46 pm

Cynotilapia sp. "hara" 1m 4f
Rusties 1m/4f
Msobo 1m/6f(females are pretty yellowlish-orange
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:13 pm

While it is true maingano are not too big, they are aggressive. Some fishkeepers have had trouble with them in a 55G.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:37 pm

I just need a bigger tank!! :D A 55g by non-enthusiast is big, but I am finding a difficult time stocking it for sure.

DJ, or others, any other suggestions?

I like the Hara, I like the Msobo but I know they are too aggressive, yellow labs are just ok (unless needed for color), love the polit but again too aggressive. Almost seems I am back at square 1. I am looking for color, compatibility, and finality in stocking search :?

Need help please!, :-?
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby magic10 » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:49 pm

The yellow tail mbamba and the orange back cobue are pretty mild species in my opinion..I dont you would have a problem with aggression with polit if you have enough females
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:03 pm

Polit, cobue and yellow labs. That way the polit can be dominant.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:02 am

Ok, how does this work out...

Metriaclima sp. Elongatus chaloisi
Cynotilapia sp. Hara
Yellow Lab

Or

Metriaclima sp. Elongatus chaloisi
Cynotilapia sp. Hara
Pseudeotropheus sp. Elongatus Spot Hai Reef Jewel spot

Will either combo work?
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:52 am

Or...

Metriaclima sp. Elongatus chaloisi
Cynotilapia sp. Hara
Msobo

Pseudeotropheus sp. Elongatus Spot
Cynotilapia sp. Hara
Msobo
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:46 am

This one.
Metriaclima sp. Elongatus chaloisi
Cynotilapia sp. Hara
Yellow Lab
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:41 pm

Great! Done. Unlike the last time I raised cichlids, I have a much higher sense of WHY? I "think" that is a good think for mr in the long run... So, I am happy with the choice... But could you, or someone, tell me why this is a good or the best choice of the 4 possibilities?

Thanks!
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby magic10 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:52 pm

For one you dont have species that are similar so it might be less aggression but that is depending of the personality of the fish..u have species that are considered omnivores bit my opinion all mbuna are herbivores..so thats a good stocklist so good luck and that will make a pretty tank with them colors!!
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:36 pm

magic10 wrote:For one you dont have species that are similar so it might be less aggression
Exactly, and so different in every way (looks, history of genus membership) that the risk of aggression/crossbreeding is the lowest.

Thoughts on the other options:
2-Two species are elongatus and all are barred. Risk higher.
3-Two species are metriaclima. Risk higher.
4-Two species are barred and elongatus appears to occasionally switch to Metriaclima. Risk higher.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: Way too much time to over think

Postby Cajen » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:05 pm

Great, thanks!
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