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Stocking help

Postby Shesis » Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:06 pm

Hi All,

Just getting back into African Cichlids after taking a long break and am after a red species to complete my tank!

I currenlty have a 150g tank with the following (all are under 2cm at the moment and plan on taking out extra males once old enough to sex):

6 Electric Yellows
6 Flavus
6 Mpanga
7 White Top Hara Afra

Any ideas of a red species that would fit in with the above?

I have read Red Empress/Eureka reds might be okay but still wondering if they might be stressed out by the more agressive mbuna?

Thanks guys :dancing: :fish:
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Re: Stocking help

Postby DJRansome » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:31 pm

How long is the tank? You don't want haps or peacocks with aggressive mbuna like you have.

You might need more females after removing extra males...particularly the flavus and the mpanga.

The mpanga male is probably your best bet.

Some report if you have a fully grown hap (or peacock? Can you find a giant eureka?) that is established in the tank and then add juvenile mbuna as newcomers it can work.
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Re: Stocking help

Postby Shesis » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:21 am

Thanks for your reply, The tank is 5 foot long. I thought that would be the case with the mbuna aggression.

Yes will defintely be looking at ensuring the females out number males!!

Ok thanks, may look at getting a full grown addition then.
With that tank setup and with peacock/haps being on the larger side, would it be recommended to just get the male or would I be able to have 1m/4f?

So not really any other options for red fish that would fit in then right?

Thanks :)
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Re: Stocking help

Postby DJRansome » Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:36 am

The first problem is there really is not a true red fish. Red/orange is as close as you can get. I include the haps and peacocks with that.

The advise is not to add a larger peacock while your mbuna are small. The advise is to first get the peacock...get it fully grown and well established in the tank, and then add the mbuna.

IMO the eureka is not more red than your mpanga.

In a five foot tank you are pretty fully stocked already. Personally I would enjoy the mbuna you have and maybe do haps and peacocks next time.
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