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Postby Kendall » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:02 am

Hi, new to cichlids and was reading that Mbuna are not good tank mates for community tanks or planted tanks. Is this true? I have a 90 gallon tank with angels, pictus cats, clawed frogs, kuhli loaches, and discus. I was going to get a Cherry red and electric yellow but after reading about them....maybe not?
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Re: mbuna

Postby Fogelhund » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:15 am

Definitely not. They would likely kill most of your other fish, and tear at the plants.
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Re: mbuna

Postby tanker3 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:52 am

The only thing in your tank that they may not kill may be the pictus cats--too fast. All the others will be gone.
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Re: mbuna

Postby Kendall » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:07 pm

Thank you all!
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Re: mbuna

Postby Aaron S » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:01 pm

I agree. There will definitely be MURDER.
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Postby noki » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:11 pm

Sometimes people exaggerate the "murder", aggression has reasons. A single Mbuna alone may just ignore the others... or might be very obnoxiously territorial. You might get away with one Yellow Lab. Even if the other fish are not "murdered" outright, the high stress of Mbuna can have very negative affects which may lead to the other fish doing very poorly and dying off in a few months. In planning a tank, you need to pick the "main" fish you like and cater the tank for them to do well, and adding Mbuna would most likely ruin your tank in a few months.
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