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Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby hollandn0001 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:26 pm

I am wondering what assortment of Mbuna to stock my 40 gallon long tank.

I know i want to keep something along the lines of Red zebras, Cobalt blue zebras, Yellow labs and Saulosi but i was wondering how many of each and what mix of male and females i can keep.

would this work?;
1 male red zebra 2 female red zebra
1 cobalt blue male 2 female cobalt blue
1 yellow lab male 2 yellow lab females
1 male saulosi 1 female saulosi

Feel free to suggest any other ways of stocking these fish and they would work well together.
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby DJRansome » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:53 pm

I suggest you put 4 species in a 75G rectangular tank that measures 48" long by 18" front-to-back. 1m:4f of each. The Metriaclima may fight and/or crossbreed (red zebra and cobalt blue). The red zebra and yellow lab will crossbreed. The red zebra, yellow lab and female saulosi are similar in color, variations on yellow and orange.

For a 36" tank I would suggest 3m:9f Pseudotropheus saulosi. Some find the 3 males cause trouble and end up with one male, but some succeed so it's worth a try.

Red zebra (Metriaclima estherae) is a fairly aggressive fish and bulky...I'd definitely suggest a 48" tank and some even say it's better to keep zebras in a 48x18 as mentioned above.
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby ha77 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:35 pm

40g longs work great for a species only tank IMO as you still get the 48" length. Alot of the species you want still get rather big for a 48"x12" though once they get full sized as DJR mentioned.
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Stocking 40 gallon

Postby hollandn0001 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:55 pm

I am wondering whether to put. 3:9 saulosis in my 40 gallon tank (39 x 15 x 16) or go for an assortment of mbuna. The mbuna I have available are labs, red/cobalt blue zebras, yellow fin acei, saulosis and demansoni. Is there a good way I could maybe mix these fish or just some of them?
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:35 am

I'd definitely go the Saulosi route.

Zebra types will need more space. Acei get too large. Demasoni could work but they are the type of fish that requires a lot of work to get to a manageable colony. Labs could work as well, but Saulosi gives you the yellow and blue barred fish in 1 species.
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby Aaron S » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:35 am

Unless you had a real love of the demasoni, I would do the saulosi.
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby hollandn0001 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:43 pm

Thanks I think I will stick with the saulosi. Do you know whether the three males will fight and what shall I do if they are fighting badly?
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Re: Stocking 40 gallon with Mbuna

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:47 pm

hollandn0001 wrote:Thanks I think I will stick with the saulosi. Do you know whether the three males will fight and what shall I do if they are fighting badly?


Yes, they will fight to some degree... all cichlids do, but rarely are saulosi murderous in doing so. Have an isolation tank/or breeder net... for either a hyperdominant fish, or someone injured/holding.....
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