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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:56 pm

The smaller 2 being at the bottom middle of the tank?

The yellow/black striped one is Melanochromis auratus and very aggressive, will not work in 48x12.

The peach colored one may be Metriaclima estherae, would need a better picture.

The solid yellow one is Labidochromis caeruleus. Would be good in 48x12 in a group such as 1m:4f with other species. But not Metriaclima estherae.

Is that a fish store picture? They should have the species in separate tanks, in groups, and labeled with the scientific names for each.

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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby Ratvan » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:06 pm

DJRansome wrote:The smaller 2 being at the bottom middle of the tank?

The yellow/black striped one is Melanochromis auratus and very aggressive, will not work in 48x12.

The peach colored one may be Metriaclima estherae, would need a better picture.

The solid yellow one is Labidochromis caeruleus. Would be good in 48x12 in a group such as 1m:4f with other species. But not Metriaclima estherae.

Is that a fish store picture? They should have the species in separate tanks, in groups, and labeled with the scientific names for each.

Lake Malawi mbuna.


Yes fish store.
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby Deeda » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:21 pm

Is this still the same tank in your 1st post? If so it is way too small for Malawi cichlids.

Did you decide to not get any Shelldwellers?
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby Ratvan » Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:26 pm

I don't have a tank dedicated to anything right now. The RSM is in the office which I haven't been in since March, so probably dead.

I have a 48x12x12 that has some 1 month old Cory fry in, which I can offload in the next couple of months and start a tank. Also a 24x12x12

Weighing options at the moment
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:57 pm

When you get around to stocking the 48x12 tank, try to buy from a fish store that has the species in separate tanks and has them labeled with the scientific name.

Skip the auratus for sure. Skip the 24x12 for Malawi.
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby Ratvan » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:18 am

DJRansome wrote:When you get around to stocking the 48x12 tank, try to buy from a fish store that has the species in separate tanks and has them labeled with the scientific name.

Skip the auratus for sure. Skip the 24x12 for Malawi.


My only option then is eBay which I'm not comfortable buying from, have been reefing for a few years and been ripped off several times on there.

My primary LFS has closed due to Covid 19 as they cannot obtain any fish or corals so now out of business. I have a chain store (where the picture is from) and that was propably the best looking tank they had. In terms of living Livestock at least.
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:05 am

In the US and Canada we have reputable online vendors that have good selections and pure fish.

Not sure about Leeds, but there was another post on CF recently with people recommending online vendors in the UK.

One of my US vendors orders monthly from Germany. There are definitely high quality cichlids available in your part of the world. I would not buy via ebay either unless I personally knew the vendor.
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Re: 1st Time Keeping Cichlids

Postby Billy-the-fish » Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:17 am

Midland Malawi's gets mentioned a lot on here. Few down South also, Tropco, Sims Aquatics to name a few, have a look at their website's.
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