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Hello Everyone!

I am not new to the fish keeping hobby, have kept numerous fish/plants over the past 6+ years.

How ever I am new to the African Cichlid game :D

I am looking to see if my stocking would be acceptable (i think it is with research I have done), but wanted people that have done this before to review before I drop money into this :)

I came into possession of a 72 Bow front 48x13x23, and it is currently cycling.

Right now the stocking Idea I have is:

5 Yellow Labs
5 Rustys
5 Yellow Tail Acei
5 Red Zebra
(trying to keep it colorful and vibrant)

I really love the demasoni, but I hear its extremely hard to keep the peace w/ them. Is there anyone to pull it off w/ the demasoni w/o keeping a species only tank? I have read around on here and heard 12+ may work, but I'm not sure with the above stocking + 12 demasoni would be too much for this tank.

Thoughts?
 

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Agree with sir_keith. I would skip the acei (too big) and don't mix the yellow labs and red zebras as they crossbreed.
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

sir_keith said:
That's way too many fishes for a 48" tank, even without the P. demasoni. I'd go with the yellow Labs and another relatively mellow Mbuna, preferably a pretty blue one. Good luck. :thumb:
Okay, I'm not trying to stir any pots here, and I know (Aquadvisior) is not the end all be all for stocking an aquarium. But with those 4 matching it shows i'm at a 120% stocking level. Everything I read seemed to show i needed to over stock? What would your max stocking level for this tank be?

Also, do you have a blue mbuna that you could suggest to go with the Lab's and Rusty?

Thanks for the information!

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Agree with sir_keith. I would skip the acei (too big) and don't mix the yellow labs and red zebras as they crossbreed.
Okay, thats understandable; is there another Redish/Orange Mbuna that I could replace it with?

Thanks for the information!!
 

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How about 3 species with 1m:4f of each?

There is not a red/orange mbuna. Cynotilapia sp. hara are a nice blue mbuna.
 

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DJRansome said:
How about 3 species with 1m:4f of each?

There is not a red/orange mbuna. Cynotilapia sp. hara are a nice blue mbuna.
How about 3 species with 1m:4f of each? -- Sounds pretty solid! Thank You!

Cynotilapia sp. hara are a nice blue mbuna - That is one gorgeous fish! Are these relativity common to find?
 

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Not in a LFS but you always get better prices and quality if you order fish online from a reputable vendor. You also have an active fish hobby group in Ohio...maybe from a local hobbyist. This is from a Facebook post I saw:

Jeff Natterer shared a post.
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Ohio Cichlid Association
December 25, 2020 at 12:07 PM ·
As a holiday gift to the hobby, the Ohio Cichlid Association has decided to make public at least parts of the 3 sessions of the 2020 Virtual Extravaganza. They are now available for viewing on the OCA's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/results... Here is the list of contents for each session, including the speaker and presentation title, Vendor Spotlight videos and interviews, and other segments, as appropriate.
Friday Session
Frank Reese, of Blue Zoo Radio
Zoogari Pets
Tangled Up in Cichlids
Cobalt Aquatics
Discussion with Jeff Cardwell
The Wet Spot
Imperial Tropicals
Saturday Session
Imperial Tropicals
Mike's Cichlids
Ad Konings: "Tanganyikan Cichlids from the Central Tanzanian Shore"
Dave's Rare Aquarium Fish
Swiss Tropicals
Sunday Session
Haakon Haagensen: "New Loracariidae Imports"
Jim Smith Fund Grant Announcement
Virtual Fish Show Results and Awards
We hope you enjoy the video recordings of this ground-breaking event!
Merry Christmas!!!
 

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I am not endorsing all those vendors, but they are speaking at the event and you may make some contacts with hobbyists in your area. I am familiar with Dave of Dave's Rare Fish and Ad Konings is a well known researcher who has published several books on Africans from that list.
 

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DJRansome said:
I am not endorsing all those vendors, but they are speaking at the event and you may make some contacts with hobbyists in your area. I am familiar with Dave of Dave's Rare Fish and Ad Konings is a well known researcher who has published several books on Africans from that list.
Thank You Sir, I joined a couple of those groups and will keep an eye out.
 

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Hey Everyone, its almost been a year. I wanted to just post a quick update!

Thank to everyone w/ the help of this tank! These fish have breed, and continue to breed like rabbits! :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

About 1 month ago, all these fish were moved out of the 72G (Bow) and put into a 6ft 125G tank.

The community was increased as well, I added some Yellow Tail ACEI!

THANKS EVERYONE for the success so far!
 

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Glad to hear we have a long term hobbyist!
I have been in the hobby since 2014, but mostly community, dwarf cichlids, and all about the plants (99% plant life). But after 6 years of plant maintenance, I have kids and a hectic life. Its just about the fish now, as its a simple clean once a week and a water change! Then after kids are in bed, I get to have a cigar and stare at my fish for an hour or so to unwind and call it a day. Its a great stress relief! :) The Mbuna get stared at all day while working since the tank is in eye shot ;)
 
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