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Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Leonic » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:28 am

Hi guys,

Posting in a separate thread. There was a problem with the shipper and I can't get small Metriaclima Chilumba Maison Reef anymore. I was wondering what the minimum stocking was, and what the male to female ratio should be? They're only available in 8cm.

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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:12 am

I'd try for 1m:7f.
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Leonic » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:26 am

Is venting the only way to sex these guys?
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Fogelhund » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:32 am

DJRansome wrote:I'd try for 1m:7f.


The problem is, these will be the only fish in a 6ft 125 gallon... and 8 fish isn't going to suffice. It's a great ratio, in a mixed tank with three-four other species... but not on their own.

You are going to need around 20-30 adult fish... so either you get all Maison Reef, or you need to get something else as well.

At 8cm, it is going to be exceedingly difficult to vent. Many of the males will be very obvious to look at... finnage is going to be more developed, longer, more pointed, while the females will have rounder fins... but some males will still be closet females....
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Leonic » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:27 am

I see, any species that would make really good co habitants with MAison Reef?
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:55 pm

Some good quality yellow Labs would make a nice contrast. Or, some Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos. Really, most mbuna would make good tank mates... what do you readily have available?
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Leonic » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:46 pm

Fogelhund wrote:Some good quality yellow Labs would make a nice contrast. Or, some Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos. Really, most mbuna would make good tank mates... what do you readily have available?


I've built a tank with yellow labs before so maybe i'll do something else this time. I can get pretty much anything shipped, have an importer friend. So I have the 5x18x18 tank left, so that's where the maison reefs will be going. Put an umbee in the 100 gallon haha
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Leonic » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:48 pm

Fogelhund wrote:Some good quality yellow Labs would make a nice contrast. Or, some Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos. Really, most mbuna would make good tank mates... what do you readily have available?


Hi Fogel! I'm about to get my Maison Reef. Do you have any suggested tankmates? If you could match anything with them waht would you get? Working through an importer so I have quite a few options.
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Re: Minimum stocking breeding group for Metriaclima Chilumba

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Mar 27, 2017 11:46 am

Maybe some nice red top OB fuelleborni, or a male and seven female Ps. johanni.
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