I was just talking about an all male tank of them. No females at all. The cynos are definitely my favorite mbunas.cichlidaholic said:Do you mean that you're housing two different afra variants together? If so, I agree with Laurel, for breeding purposes.
As far as keeping one variant in a single species tank, they do great.
So, what would be some other fish I could put in there with them?cichlidaholic said:You could try an all male tank, but I'm not too sure it would work out...So many of the males look similar to each other, so you might have increased aggression among them, and might find that your less dominant males don't colour up like you want them to.
I definitely agree. 55's are one of my favorite tank sizes, but they do really limit the total number of males that will color up. If you managed to get some males that were more docile, this could be pushed, but odds aren't in your favor.Fogelhund said:Cynotilapia afra only seem to colour up if they are in a position of dominance in the tank. Not necessarily the dominant fish, but holding a territory at minimum. In a 55 gallon, I'm guessing that you'll have 2-4 males tops coloured up, with the rest looking no better than females. Of all the fish to do an all male tank, this would probably be one of the last ones I'd choose for that reason.