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Cyno. Afra "Nkhata Bay"

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I went to my local fish club's swap meet today & found a good deal on 6 Cyno. Afra "Nkhata Bay" (1.25 - 1.75"). I've always thought they were a nice looking fish, so when the opportunity presented itself; I jumped on it (6/$10.00) I've heard they're not at the high end of the aggression scale - which is good. This is my 1st time keeping any C. Afras. I'm curious to see how they'll turn out. :fish: What are your experiences with them?
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I've been keeping them for a little over a year now. They are probably my favorite of the C. afra species.

Don't know exactly what you're looking for in terms of your question but what you mention about aggression is fairly accurate. The only aggressive behavior I've ever observed was conspecific but now that I have a 1m:3f group there aren't any problems. They can, however, hold their own when it comes to a fight. I just got a couple 4.5" Pseudotropheus sp. "Elongatus Chailosi" and put them in with my C. afra "Nkhata Bay" - the Ps. sp. "Elongatus Chailosi" was trying to pick a fight with my NB. My NB held his position and ended up keeping his cave - and he's a whopping 3" long. The Elongatus dwarfs him.
I've had my group for 8 months and have had a similar experience to Guams. Conspecific aggression is about average for a mbuna - I wouldn't keep any fewer than 3 females with 1 male. My male chases other species away when he is courting a female, but otherwise is pretty tolerant.

Definitely one of my favorite species.
Afras are the perfect Mbuna. All the attitude but without the serious violence, and don't overgrow.
Thanks for your responses! I was trying to gauge their temperament/aggression & behavior. I was hoping that they wouldn't be trouble makers, but could hold their own. I've read that before somewhere - about them not being seriously violent/aggressive; so that's a good thing. 8) Their size, temperament & appearance(of course) are why I became interested & decided to try these guys.
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