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I know a lot of people keep american cichlids a single wet pet, but my question is that possible to do with a malawi hap cichlid. I have a 90 gallon 4 foot tank and don't want to go the mbuna route like I have done in the past with the tank. I was thinking about something like a venustus, blue dolphin or rostratus. Will the african cichlid be content living by himself?
 

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It is possible, but I don’t think it would be a very happy fish…

Have you thought about a species tank, with a single male and 3 females?

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I have thought about a species only tank. I really love the haps over all the other african cichlids and american cichlids. I was worried that a 90 gallon would not be enough room for say 1 male venustus and 3-4females. This is only tank I have and I am just looking to the future when they would mature.
 

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Not only would a lone fish be unhappy, you'd grow very bored of the fish in a short time. Part of the charm of African cichlids, is their interaction with one another, which is why they're always better to watch in groups, whether it's spawning activity or territorial disputes. Honestly, a lone African cichlid doesn't really have much personality. A better option for a wet pet would be a larger Central American cichlid like a Midas or Red Devil. These fish are often very interactive with their keepers and can be entertaining to watch on their own.

A 90 gallon would be an excellent tank for a mbuna tank with varying species. When set up properly, it can be extremely colourful, active and entertaining.
 
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