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New tank stocking

Postby dethnode » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:22 pm

So I just stocked my tank with about 30 juvi mbuna all about 1.5" to 2" long. Along with my order I ordered 4 synodontis lace catfish also 1.5 to 2" long. However, the order came in and only has 2 cats, and they are approximately 5" long. Would it be safe to put them in there or will they pick at my mbuna?
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Re: New tank stocking

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:34 pm

Should be fine. How long is your tank?
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: New tank stocking

Postby dethnode » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:47 pm

standard 75 gallon, 4ft long
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Re: New tank stocking

Postby dethnode » Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:48 pm

I expect to have to filter some fish out, aiming for a final populaiton of 26 in a 75 gallon, still crowded, but gotta cut down the aggression right?
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Re: New tank stocking

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:44 pm

20 is a good final number of mbuna to manage aggression. Four species depending on which exact species you stock.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: New tank stocking

Postby dbarron » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:23 am

Curious to hear which speices you decided to stock. I’ll be choose stock for a new 75g in a week or so, hopefully.
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