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Newbie here looking for stocking advice!

Postby LadFromLondon » Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:10 pm

Hi everyone!

I'm looking into starting my first Mbuna setup.I've been reading a lot the past few days but I'm still unsure what to stock and what's compatible or not.

For my birthday, I am buying a custom built, optiwhite 144L tank. The dimensions are: 120x40x30 CM (LXWXH), I went as long and as deep as I could, but I kept the height short as I already have a 112L tropical community in my bedroom and I didn't want things to become too heavy.

I will most likely run a Fluval or Eheim Cansiter with a wave maker. Water will be remineralised RO with a Zebra Stone hardscape.

How many Mbuna species can I squeeze in? How many total Mbuna can I keep?

This may not be a good idea, but I had two potential stocking ideas which appealed to me-

#1 (M:F)
8x Melanochromis Maingano 1:7
6x Labidochromis Caeruleus 2:6
4x Idotropheus Sprengerare 1:3
4x Pseudotropheus Socolofi Snow White 1:3

#2 (M:F)
12x Pseudotropheus Salusoi 4:8
4x Idotrohpeus Sprengerae 1:3
4x Labidochromis Caeruleus 1:3 'White'
4x Pseudtropheus Acei 1:3

Thank you & I'm open to all advice, suggestions and tips! :)
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Re: Newbie here looking for stocking advice!

Postby sir_keith » Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:02 pm

Irrespective of which species you choose, a tank that size will be way overstocked with the number of fishes you suggest. :o
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Re: Newbie here looking for stocking advice!

Postby DJRansome » Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:31 pm

Agree. I would drop the maingano and the acei.

Shoot for 3 species and 15 fish if they are smaller (not like acei) and peaceful (not like maingano).

I have never had luck with quads...go 1m:4f of each. If you want multiple males of the saulosi do a species tank with 3m:12f.
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75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: Newbie here looking for stocking advice!

Postby jcover » Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:54 pm

Will need more than 1 canister filter as well.
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Re: Newbie here looking for stocking advice!

Postby DJRansome » Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:52 pm

I have used one canister on a tank this size (48x12) as long as you get GPH of 8X to 10X.
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