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New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:42 pm

Wondering if I can get some good feedback: Just set up a new 30 gallon tank and I'd like to stock it with electric yellow mbuna's. My question is, how many of these cichlids would be ideal for the size of my aquarium? Was hoping to stock with one male and two or three females and see where that takes me.
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby james1983 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:17 pm

What are the tank dimensions? If long enough 1m/3-4f could work.
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby noki » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:55 pm

Not a whole lot you can do ? 36" long I hope?

Having 3 or 4 Mbuna just seems to invite one fish going hyperdominant and forcing the others into the corners, with little activity, even with Yellow Labs.

Maybe 8-10 yellow Labs and remove some males over time? Yellow Labs are very hard to sex young, you would just have to buy a group and hope for more than a couple females.
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:03 pm

That was my next question...How to tell the difference between male and female yellow labs? I plan on ordering a male and two females, each approx 3" long. Easy to tell the difference?
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:16 pm

What are the dimensions of the tank? No it is very hard to ID males versus females without venting.
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33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Maingano; 33G Cobue
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:56 pm

Dimensions: 30" long x 12" wide x 18" deep
30 gallon Yellow Lab Tank
Limestone Rocks/Estes Sand (tan)
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby DJRansome » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:13 pm

I'd choose another type of fish for a 30" aquarium but a trio of labs might work.
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Petricola
55G Chrysonotus; 38G Demasoni
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Maingano; 33G Cobue
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:46 pm

Any suggestions on different species of Africans? I love the color and their social behaviors, and hoping to find a good match for that 30 g. tank.
Originally was going to do Convicts, but thought better ;)
30 gallon Yellow Lab Tank
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby Fogelhund » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:14 pm

lavaman1967 wrote:Any suggestions on different species of Africans? I love the color and their social behaviors, and hoping to find a good match for that 30 g. tank.
Originally was going to do Convicts, but thought better ;)


A tank of just Pseudotropheus saulosi.

Really, the tank is far too small for almost all colourful Africans. If your desire is indeed Africans, I'd recommend sourcing a 4ft 75 gallon aquarium, or larger.
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:10 pm

So maybe I should stick with my original plan and go with Convicts? How much space do they need?
30 gallon Yellow Lab Tank
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby noki » Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:25 pm

lavaman1967 wrote:So maybe I should stick with my original plan and go with Convicts? How much space do they need?


You can keep a mated pair, but you should probably buy at least 4 to get a pair. Then you would have to remove the extra Convicts. You can't really keep any other fish then except the pair.

Then you will get thousands of babies which you won't be able to save them all, which is sad. But watching a breeding pair with fry is fascinating.

Tanganyikan cichlids offer some choices.
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Re: New Aquarium question

Postby lavaman1967 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:52 pm

thank you noki
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