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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:50 pm

The fish grow throughout their lives. You would want them in the larger tank when they are old enough to spawn when they become aggressive. Some species often start spawning at 1.5" including tail.

If they are one inch including tail they could stay in the 36" tank while they grow out a little, but it would be short term. I would not put 9-10 fish with mixed males and females and six species in a 36" tank, no. Are you talking about keeping the fish you have in the 36" tank? How big are your fish?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:56 pm

DJRansome wrote:The fish grow throughout their lives. You would want them in the larger tank when they are old enough to spawn when they become aggressive. Some species often start spawning at 1.5" including tail.

If they are one inch including tail they could stay in the 36" tank while they grow out a little, but it would be short term. I would not put 9-10 fish with mixed males and females and six species in a 36" tank, no. Are you talking about keeping the fish you have in the 36" tank? How big are your fish?


Largest is 2.5 in. And no not long term
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:04 pm

They might work for a couple of weeks or even a month or two but even in the 75G you will not be able to keep them as you described.

Why not get the 75G now and decide which species you want to stock?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:20 pm

DJRansome wrote:They might work for a couple of weeks or even a month or two but even in the 75G you will not be able to keep them as you described.

Why not get the 75G now and decide which species you want to stock?


Could I do... 3 maison reef, 3 swedish hongi, 3 maingano, and 3 bumblebees in a 75? All in a 1 male, 2 female ratio?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:47 am

I would not do 2 females with those aggressive mbuna no.

What about 1m:6f of Mason Reef, Maingano and Bumblebee? Note that male bumblebee adult coloration is solid dark brown.
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:59 am

So You’re saying I could have 21 total of those fish in a 75 for life?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:02 am

Im not really feeling that all brown look so maybe just a couple female bumble bees
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:10 am

Also, why are you not recommending the hongi? Is there something with that spieces and the others I have requested?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:04 pm

DJRansome wrote:I would not do 2 females with those aggressive mbuna no.

What about 1m:6f of Mason Reef, Maingano and Bumblebee? Note that male bumblebee adult coloration is solid dark brown.


My mother also has a 65 gallon tank with nothing in it that’s just sitting in the basement.. its a 48L x 12W x 21H... aside from speices and everything... how many total adult sized mbuna do you think i can put in that aquarium?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:39 pm

However putting the dimensions into a volume calculator, it appears the tank isnt 65 gallons, however thats what it was sold as, anyways still a 4ft tank.. so how many adult mbuna?
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Releasethekracken » Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:33 pm

DJRansome wrote:I would not do 2 females with those aggressive mbuna no.

What about 1m:6f of Mason Reef, Maingano and Bumblebee? Note that male bumblebee adult coloration is solid dark brown.


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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:17 pm

It can't really be aside from the species, since different species would work with different numbers.

I would not do bumblebee in 48x12 and possibly not maingano either. Will let others chime in about Maison Reef in 48x12.

In a 48x12 tank with mixed genders I would think in terms of three species, small, peaceful ones and 1m:4f of each. Yellow lab and albino socolofi and Metriaclima callainos would be an example of the type of species that might work in 48x12.
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Re: How many mbuna in a 50 or 75 gallon tank?

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:18 am

DJRansome wrote:It can't really be aside from the species, since different species would work with different numbers.

I would not do bumblebee in 48x12 and possibly not maingano either. Will let others chime in about Maison Reef in 48x12.

In a 48x12 tank with mixed genders I would think in terms of three species, small, peaceful ones and 1m:4f of each. Yellow lab and albino socolofi and Metriaclima callainos would be an example of the type of species that might work in 48x12.


Agree fully with your recommendation, that neither a bumblebee, nor maingano should go in a 48x12. IME, a Maisoni Reef fainzilberi, is more aggressive than either of those, and also shouldn't be in such a tank.

I also wouldn't put a callainos in there... swap it out for Hara.
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