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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby magila » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:11 pm

I made some changes and now 1,5 month later the first tank is doing great.

The peacock tank on the other hand didn't really do it for me, since there was always only 1 males colored up and the rest were all shy and hiding. If i took the dominant male out, another male colored up, but only 1... if i put the dominant male back again, the other lost his color again...

Since i really enjoyed my mbuna tank, i decided to make the peacock tank also a mbuna tank.
I'm in the process of selling the peacocks and stocking the tank with mbuna.

Stocking is as followed now:

Tank 1:
- only 6 Chindongo Saulosi left 2M4F ( 21 of the 25 were males unfortunately... :? )
- 9 Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos maingano juveniles (sex unknown yet)
- 1M2F standard Metriaclima zebra gold kawanga + 1 OB WC female
- 1M2F WC Metriaclima Lanisticola "crocodile rock" shellies
- 2M1F WC Labidochromis sp. chisumulae "mbweca" (couldn't find more females yet)

Tank 2:

- 13 Cynotilapia sp. lion ntekete 'Liwani' juveniles (sex unkown yet)
- 1M2F Labidochromis sp. hongi red top sweden

- 1M4F Cynotilapia afra cobue adults (waiting to be sold)
- 19 male Saulosi.... (waiting to be rehomed...if i ever can get rid of them....)
- 1M aulonocara red rubin semi-adult (waiting to be sold)
- 1M aulonocara baenschi benga (waiting to be sold)
- 1M aulonocara fire fish semi-adult (waiting to be sold)


I feel like tank 1 is properly stocked like this. Maybe only get few extra females.
Any idea's for tank 2?

What do you guys think so far?
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:38 pm

Lots of blue barred species.
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75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby magila » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:56 am

DJRansome wrote:Lots of blue barred species.


What do you mean? There are almost no blue barred species in there.
Only the saulosi...or the maingano is striped is also considered barred?
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:58 am

Chisumulae and hongi.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:34 pm

The hongi obviously won't be an issue, because they are in a completely different tank than the others, so that doesn't matter in the least. Plus, they really aren't a classic blue barred fish.

I don't forsee any issues with saulosi and chisimulae in a tank together... if kept chisimulae with both saulosi and demasoni, and neither pairings were an issue.

Tank 1, I have no issues with the stocking.

Tank 2 is more challenging, as it isn't easy finding fish that won't overwhelm the Cynotilapia. Melanochromis loriae (parallelus) would work well in the tank... though the males will look a lot like your cyaneorhabdos in the other tank... but if you get good quality, the females will make striking contrasts to your other fish. I'd consider an OB fainziberi type as well. Proper fainzilberi typically aren't too bad aggression wise.
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby magila » Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:13 am

thx for the recommendations.
I'll keep tank 1 as it is and see how it goes.

For tank 2 I'll have a look if i can find OB fainziberi somewhere here.

How about a small group of Metriaclima Koningsi membe deep? Since they don't get that big.
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Re: stocking list mbuna tank and a peacock/hap tank

Postby Fogelhund » Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:16 pm

magila wrote:
How about a small group of Metriaclima Koningsi membe deep? Since they don't get that big.


That could work too... you'll have a lot of yellow/orange fish in the tank though..
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