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Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:42 pm
I’d like to bounce this off you folks. My 75 is all set up and cycling now. I have always loved Saulosi and in doing some searching I saw where sp. Hara is okay. I would also like to know for a third if I can add sp. Hongi SRT? Thanks

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:51 pm
by DJRansome
I would not mix any of these since they all have blue bars.

I did try hara with one of the darker blue barred fish like saulosi and the hara never colored well. Survive but not thrive.

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:41 pm
Okay got it but this is where I first read you were okay with the Hara. I’ll go Acei and Rusty then. Thanks ... p?t=192639

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:51 pm
I guess I am even confused from the 75 gal cookie cutter. Here it seems Salousi is ok with Hongi. I’m confused. ... er_75g.php

Select 4 species (Max 5 of each):
• Pseudotropheus polit
• Pseudotropheus saulosi
• Pseudotropheus sp. "Msobo"
• Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
• Cynotilapia axelrodi
• Labidochromis caeruleus
• Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
• Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
• Labidochromis chisimulae
• Iodotropheus sprengerae
• Cynotilapia afra
Do not mix any two species of Labidochromis, the
Pseudotropheus saulosi with the Pseudotropheus
deep or any two Cynotilapia species.

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:33 pm
by DJRansome
For my personal experience, I did have them together for a couple of years. They did survive, but they never colored well. Once I moved them to a separate tank with yellow labs they were brilliant. Live and learn.

They will survive and they will not crossbreed, if that is your question.

IME the blue barred fish color their best if kept separately.

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:09 pm
Yes thanks again. You mention blue bared but what about gold like the Cynotilapia sp. "Lion" Magunga?
Sorry to bother you but much appreciated

Re: Mbuna Setup

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:24 am
by DJRansome
Never tried it but Lion Magunga seems like a blue barred fish with a yellow blaze.

I would expect a yellow barred fish like flavus to work, but also never tried the combination.