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RunningBeaver wrote:I’m contemplating on going with a variety of dwarf Cichlids.
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:34 pm
BC in SK wrote: 4.9" SL.
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:20 pm
BC in SK wrote:RunningBeaver wrote:I’m contemplating on going with a variety of dwarf Cichlids.
Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher) would be a good choice. Just about any of the Pelvicachromis species would be suitable for this size of tank, though some may not do as well in harder water and higher pH.
Butterfly cichlid (Anomalochromis thomasi) is sometimes available and could also be a good choice.
Other possibilities might include Nanochromis, Paranochromis, or Teleogramma species, if you can find them. Again, some of these may require softer water and lower pH.
I think the suggestion of rusties and mainganos is on the idea that some how these are dwarf cichlids. The profiles at cichlid-forum lists all of maingano, rusties and demasoni at 4". It's a little deceiving. There is no question that rusties and maingano are considerably larger fish then demasoni. I personally owned rusties in the past that had to have been at least 4 1/2" and seen many around this size or larger. Never owned a maingano, but have seen many over the years that must have been close to 5". I don't believe either fish are significantly different in size then the common electric yellow( listed at 5" on cichlid -forum profile). My guess is that, maingano and rusties are probably listed in standard length (measurement not including the tail), where as most of the others are probably total length.
It is sort of funny the length listed for demasoni (4") doesn't match the species article (2 1/2" -3"). I do believe large male demasoni can reach a length of 4". My male, 3 years from purchase, was 3 3/4" TL, and I have 2 younger males catching up. So, 4" TL is an older large male; most stay smaller, especially females. Most places on the internet, list demasoni at 3". One site lists it at 5" and I believe that this comes from one specimen from science, measured at 4.9" SL. That would be like a world record from the wild, which really wouldn't have much to do with a typical specimen in captivity. With the majority of fishes your average, typical specimen in captivity is larger then your typical, average specimen in the wild, but is no where near world record size.
Anyways, of these 3 mbuna, I think rusties woukld be the better choice for a smaller tank as they are usually less agressive then the other 2 species mentioned.
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:15 pm
I have had rusties, yellow labs and maingano and all in the same 45g tank and it was not remotely overstocked and they were not cramped either. They all got along fine and there was plenty of space. I've had demasonis too and they are not much different in length from rusties but they are very skinny fish and seem to grow slowly.
Rusties and yellow labs don't need a lot of back and force space like some fish do either, rusties will just play around all day and yellow labs will just find some little rock for a house and that's it.
If you had 10 of each like some seem to want it won't work, but that is not even necessary with hyper aggressive fish like demasoni let alone little sweethearts like these.
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:34 am
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:49 am
RunningBeaver wrote: Like if I got some Kribensis how many of those would I go for; a pair, two males, one male/one female or etc.
ideally I would like a small variety of 2-3 different species so probably no male/female combonations?