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135 Gallon 72 inch Tank Stocking Question

Postby nickthefoxtoy » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:50 pm

Hello everyone,

Currently I have a 135 gallon 72 inch mbuna tank. I have it being filtered by 2 FX6 cannister filters. It has 14 electric yellows 5m 9f. I am currently in the process of rehoming a few males to bring it to 3m 9f. Also have 6 yellow tail acei 2m 4f, currently rehoming a male. And lastly 10 synodontis lucipinnis.

I am curious what would be a good fit for the tank in the Mbuna world. I have been looking at Labidochromis SP. "Hongi", but I have been seeing that they have a high chance of cross breeding with the electric yellows. I do not want any cross breeding because I rehome most of the fry that my Synos dont pick off.

I like the barred fish look, and would like to stick with the red/orange color. I was also looking at the Iodotropheus sprengerae "Rusty Cichlid", but I am not the biggest fan. Are there any other options out there people have had good luck with?

Also, do you think I could fit in 2 more species with a 1m/4f ratio or would that be too many fish?


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Re: 135 Gallon 72 inch Tank Stocking Question

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:33 pm

I would add one more species. Hongi females are not as bright as the males, and they are aggressive so you would want 1m:7f ideally.

There are yellow barred Metriaclima that might appeal. Metriaclima sp zebra gold Kawanga. Metriaclima sp. elongatus Chailosi. Females drab as well.
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Re: 135 Gallon 72 inch Tank Stocking Question

Postby nickthefoxtoy » Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:52 pm

Thank you for the response. I will look into the barred Metriaclima.

Would the Hongi cross breed with the yellow labs? I would rather a not aggressive fish though as my tank has been rather peaceful the last year, and dont want to throw it off too much.

Can the Metriclima be added 1m/4f? Or are they an aggressive fish as well. They are a mbuna I have not heard of yet.
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Re: 135 Gallon 72 inch Tank Stocking Question

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:29 am

The hongi may not cross with the labs. A barred fish may have less risk of crossbreeding with a solid colored fish of the same genus.

The elongatus I would do 1m:7f. I am not sure of the best ratio for the Kawanga, they are not as common as the red zebras with volumes of experience by many to go by...but I would start with a larger group of unsexed juveniles and remove males if they cause problems.
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Re: 135 Gallon 72 inch Tank Stocking Question

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:44 pm

I'd go with Cynotilapia sp. "Hara". Barred blue species, and the females look decent too. Plus, they aren't as aggressive as many other mbuna.

http://malawi.si/Malawi/Mbuna/Cynotilap ... 0Reef.html
https://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/ ... hp?id=2626

No red/orange in that though, but in your tank, you could do a fourth species anyway.

For the fourth, I'd do Labeotropheus trewavassae Chliumba... the "Mpanga Red" variant. https://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/ ... hp?id=2295
http://www.bigskycichlids.com/Ltrewavas ... wnersx.htm
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