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I have a similar post in the Tang. section trying to think of ideas for a Tang setup, but I also wanted to consider a malawi setup since currently I have a few fish of each.

If I decide on going malawi, it will be nothing but mbuna. I currently have a scolofi and a yellow lab at about 3 inches that are doing great. I am not sure of their sex, but both have egg spots.

What final stocking list would you go with for a 75 gal mbuna tank starting with scolofi and yellow lab?

What about:
Scolofi, Yellow Lab, demasoni, and OB Zebras?

If that works, what about numbers? I will probably have to purchase juveniles so I dont know that I would have the luxury of choosing males and females.

Thanks for the input
 

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Usually 4 species spots for a 75g mbuna tank, of which 2 are taken by demasoni.
So, respectively, labs, socolofi and dems, 1m:4-5, 1m:6-7 and 15-20.
Purchasing as juvies, ~8 labs, 12 socolofi and 20-25 demasoni.
 

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Thanks for the concise yet descriptive response! Just to clarify, what is the m:f ratio for demasoni? I see you wrote 15-20.
 

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Normally shoot for at least 1m:9f. Because it's a difficult ratio to achieve, you just add more than needed, ie 12-15 minimum in a 55g. Increase with tank size, 15-20 75g, 20-25 90g, etc.
Then as they mature, remove extra males, they tend to hang out up top in the tank or behind filter intakes, heaters, etc.
 

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What is generally done with weeded out fish? I have never tried to ship any fish and I wouldnt trust myself to do that well. The fish store takes them, but I dont know that they would give me any credit for it. :(
 

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What is generally done with weeded out fish? I have never tried to ship any fish and I wouldnt trust myself to do that well. The fish store takes them, but I dont know that they would give me any credit for it. :(
I always figured its better to give them away for free than kill them but its all up to you.
 

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Take them to a fish club auction, there are lots of them in the spring and fall.
 
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