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Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby jcarson » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:19 pm

So a just purchased an aqueon 54 gallon corner tank and plan on over filtering the heck out of it.
But my question is can i mix Tropheus duboisi and frontosas in an this tank consisting mbuna?
I plan to stock strategically adding the least aggresive fish first and i plan on having at least 6 yellow labs and some zebras. (cobalts, reds, albinos etc.)

can my dream of this tank happen?
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Re: Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby james1983 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:07 pm

Both tropheus and frontosa need a much larger tank, atleast a 75 gallon rectangle for tropheus and the fronts would need a 6' tank. Both do best is a species tank as well. Corner tanks don't make the best homes for mbuna, you'll really have to chose fish wisely to get something that will work long term.
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Re: Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby jcarson » Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:13 am

Thank you James
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Re: Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:19 pm

I would skip the zebras in a corner tank. Look into Chindongo saulosi (a.k.a. Pseudotropheus saulosi) for a species tank if you want a mbuna that is likely to do well in a tank less than 48" long.


Or you could do just the yellow labs instead.
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Re: Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby jcarson » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:46 am

Thank you DJRansome
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Re: Mixing fish of different lakes

Postby punman » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:05 am

The problem is not just the tank size. Even a 200 gallon tank would not work for tropheus and frontosas together. Frontosas are pretty docile for the most part and tropheus are "psychotic" fish. I have both kinds at present, but in separate tanks.
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