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Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Fri May 22, 2020 4:15 pm

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Hello thought I would share my setup.

Tank is 51"x21"x19" 320ish ltrs, have been keeping SA/CA cichlids for over 25 years but through lockdown decided to have a change around to an African setup.

Currently stocked with,
3 Tropheops elongatus kumwera(1m2f)
3 Cynotilapia zebroides "Cobue" (1m2f)
3 Metriaclima Zebra Gold Lions Cove(1m2f)
5 Labidochromis caeruleus(yellow Lab) (unsexed juvs)
5 Metriaclima greshakei(1m4f)
3 Cynotilapia sp. Hara Gallireya Reef(1m2f)
3 Labidochromis chisumulae(unsexed juvs)
3 Tropheops sp. 'aurora'(1m2f)

All good so far and no sign of real agression yet, all fish are around 1.5"-3".

Any comments or advice are most welcome,

Cheers.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby DJRansome » Fri May 22, 2020 7:43 pm

That is quite a stack of rock, I am sure the fish love it. I would cut the species in half and stock at least 4 females for every male. Add 5 Synodontis multipunctatus for fry patrol.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby Fogelhund » Fri May 22, 2020 11:06 pm

DJRansome wrote:That is quite a stack of rock, I am sure the fish love it. I would cut the species in half and stock at least 4 females for every male. Add 5 Synodontis multipunctatus for fry patrol.


The extra females won't be necessary in a tank with this many fish, and rocks.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:36 pm

Picking up a new tank tomorrow a 72" x 24" x 18". 134US gallons (510ltr) Just wondering the 18" height shouldn't be an issue with it will it as thinking the length and width more important for space.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:47 pm

New(used) tank for my mbunas, made the stand myself using concrete block wood and polystyrene sheet.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby Deeda » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:43 pm

Looking good and congrats on the larger tank!
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:17 am

Deeda wrote:Looking good and congrats on the larger tank!

Thanks Deeda. :thumb:
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:07 am

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Everythings transferred over now, my fish seem tiny now haha, settled very well.
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby Deeda » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:40 am

I love it and the rocks look great spread out that way. The fish will enjoy the extra length and width of the tank and they'll grow into it well.

Are those silk plants you are using?
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Re: Mbuna setup

Postby stechappo1975 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:23 pm

Deeda wrote:I love it and the rocks look great spread out that way. The fish will enjoy the extra length and width of the tank and they'll grow into it well.

Are those silk plants you are using?


Yes Aqua one brand plastic plants, they are just until I pick up some decent Valis and Anubius, my LFS's stock isn't too great at the moment.
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