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Investigating Malawi Stocking List

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My tank is not yet cycled, so I am starting to think about putting together a stocking list. I think I came up with a list of compatible cichlids based on genus according to my research, and of course ones I like. But I am not sure on the specifics. I tried to follow the rule of staying away from similar colors (but I don't know how close you can get).

I started with this list of mixed malawi:
Labidochromis
Labeotropheus
Pseudotropheus
Metriaclima
Petrotilapia
Iodotropheus
Melanochromis
Protomelas
Sciaenochromis
Nimbochromis

I added the three Haps as possibilities because I am thinking of going all male eventually, and I wanted a good variety of colors and sizes.

So this is a list I created by pretend shopping at BluegrassCichlid website. Thoughts and opinions? If I was going to order today what would be the suggested quantity of each? In my ignorance I would probably go with 4-5 of each assuming they were sub-adult?

Iodotropheus Sprengerae (Rusty)
Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis caeruleus (Nkhata Bay)
Melanochromis johanni
Metriaclima Callainos (Cobalt Blue)
Pseudotropheus Sp. (Elongatus Chewere)
Pseudotropheus sp.red zebra "cherry red'
Sciaenochromis Fryeriv
Protomelas Taeniolatus Red Empress

And, I would love to have either a Nimbochromis Livingstoni or Nimbochromis Venustus because of their size, color, and predatory habits, but I have a feeling keeping them with smaller mbuna is not the greatest idea? Any thoughts?
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Are you planning on breeding?

Why don't you do and all male hap tank, with a group of 7-8 yellow labs.
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