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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:21 am

5 inches is not really dwarf. The length of the tank is key, so the deeper dimension does not make enough additional room to stock significantly more or larger fish. Maybe post pictures of them in the Unidentified forum to find out what you have and what to expect.

Did you get all one species? Or a variety of all males?

What is the result of the Nitrate test on your established tank? You want to be sure the filter for both tanks is producing nitrates so you are sure you have a healthy crop of bacteria and your new and old fish will be safe and healthy.
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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby JLight72 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:51 pm

I ended up doing a little research and comparing pictures and found out that i have...
1 Pseudotropheus crabro
1 Pseudotropheus demasoni
1 Male Metriaclima lombardoi
1 Female Melanochromis auratus
1 Female Metriaclima lombardoi

and i have one more little guy i just cant figure out what he is. i posted it in the unidentified discussion and havent heard back yet.
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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:49 am

Well...two problems. Too many males compared to females, and the fish you selected are not dwarf (except for the demasoni) and are all among the most aggressive of mbuna.

If I wanted to do a tank with those, I would have them in a tank that that was 48" x 18" or larger. And I would stock 1m:7f of each (or more for the demasoni).
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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby JLight72 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:05 am

of course. guess i should of definetly done more research and not gone completely on the information gave to me by the fish store guy. they all seem to getting along pretty good now but yet theyre only a inch or less so i guess its hard to tell now.
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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby JLight72 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:14 am

and after looking around a little bit i found out that i only have one male and then a unknown fish.
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Re: Cycle with fish

Postby brinkles » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:18 pm

If they're only an inch long, you can't tell if you have males or females.
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