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Malawi Mbuna biotope

Postby Chili_girl » Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:12 pm

Thinking of revamping my 125g 6' ft and creating a biotope set up.Tank has substrate of Argonite sand and filled with large rocks. I have Red Zebras estherae (5-6), Hajomaylandi Chizumulu (7-8), Maingano (7-8), elongatus Chewere (3m, 1f ) and multipunctatus (all adults) currently.

I know I probably shouldn't have so many Metriaclima together and would like to break it up by adding new fish. Any suggestion on tank design or stock list? I'm liking the Chindongo saulosi Taiwan Reef. By the way is Chindongo a relatively new classification?

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Re: Malawi Mbuna biotope

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:42 pm

Adding a species does not help with the problem created by having too many Metriaclima species. If they get along I would just avoid saving fry and add females to existing groups, especially the elongatus. I like 25 mbuna in a 72" tank.

Chindongo is a new classification. I would skip the saulosi with the other blue barred fish in the tank (elongatus).

Tank design? For a biotope you might have sand on the bottom and fill the tank with rocks. Maybe not all large ones.
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