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this stock list ok?

Postby honeybadger2k5 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:48 pm

1 Petricola
3 Rusty Cichlids (Lodotropheus Sprengerae)
4 Electric Yellow Lab (Labidochromis Caeruleus)
3 (Cherry red) Red Zebra (Metriclima Estherae)
3 Red Zebra (Maylandia Estherae)
3 Snow White (Pseudotropheus Socolofi)
3 Cobalt Blue (Maylandia Callainos)
3 Kennyi (Maylandia Lombardoi)
1 Electric Blue Johanni (Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos)
1 Duboisi Cichlid (Tropheus duboisii)
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby sir_keith » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:20 am

Impossible to answer without knowing the size of the tank, but in any sized tank, the T. duboisi is going to be very unhappy with all those Malawians. :(
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby honeybadger2k5 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:26 am

60GAL

Don't want the T. duboisii unhappy that's for sure, just like that fish so much was hoping could have 1!

thanks for your response
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:55 am

What are the dimensions of the 60G? When we have the length of the tank we can comment on species and numbers. 60G is usually either 36" or 48". To start setting expectations, the max species I like in a 72" tank is five species.

These are the same fish and don't mix them with yellow labs because they cross breed.
3 (Cherry red) Red Zebra (Metriclima Estherae)
3 Red Zebra (Maylandia Estherae)

If you want the variety you have on your list consider all male haps and peacocks with one of each and no look-alikes.

If you want groups, think in terms of 1m:4f (or more) of each group and reduce the number of species.

Petricola sold most often are actually Synodontis lucipinnis and are better in groups of five.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby honeybadger2k5 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:34 am

thanks!

it is a 48" tank

will be buying juveniles so they are unsexed?

5 species so I need a yellow, blue, "red", "white" to go with the rusty's, sounds easy :)
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby sir_keith » Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:04 pm

honeybadger2k5 wrote: ...Don't want the T. duboisii unhappy that's for sure, just like that fish so much was hoping could have 1...


That doesn't work. Although Tropheus can be quite boisterous amongst themselves, they tend to get bullied by Mbuna, and keeping a single Tropheus is never a good idea. :fish:
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby DJRansome » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:51 pm

For a 48 inch tank you want three or four species.

What is the measurement of the tank from front to back on the sides?

48x12 would have 3 species to be a good stocking.

There is not a red mbuna. The orange red zebra (see the background blotch in my avatar) is the closest but really not red.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby honeybadger2k5 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:55 pm

48x12

how about this

6 Rusty
6 Demasoni
6 yellow Lab?
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Re: this stock list ok?

Postby DJRansome » Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:56 am

I personally have had better success with demasoni in groups of 12 or more so I would swap them out for Cynotilapia sp hara.

Shoot for a maximum of 15 fish at maturity (that can be 2 inches for labs).

Or you could do 2 species and just have the rusties and labs with 7 of each.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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