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I have had a mixed tank setup since March this year.
It has one male and female of each of the following
species: Labeotropheus Fuelleborni; Scianochromis
Fryeri; and Labidochromis Caeruleus. The fish range
in size from roughly 8cm to 12cm, The tank is a 40G
3 footer.

I know it is recommended to have atleast a 1:3 male:
female ratio, I asked the guy at the fish store about
this but he said from his experience it will be fine (it
has been so far). I trusted his judgement because
he actually breeds his own stock.

Does anyone see anything wrong with compatibility?

What size tank should I be looking at when they are fully grown?
 

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Yeah, you're going to have issues. The labeo and ahli (fryeri) both get too large for this tank. And pairs NEVER work out. How do you know you have a m/f of the labs, anyway? They're next to impossible to sex without venting them or seeing one hold.

Breeding your own stock means nothing, in terms of knowing what you're doing. Mbuna will breed with anything as long as they have water.

You'll want at the VERY LEAST a 55g for these fish as adults, preferably a 5' tank. And you'll want 1m:3+f for each. Preferably 4-5f.
 

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Thanks for the reply.

I know the sex because the male is slightly larger, more
aggressive, and has a lot more prominent black on his fins.
This is how the guy at the fish shop explained it anyway.
I'm sure he was right too because when I added them the
Fuelleborni and the male Caeruleus had a bit of a fight,
the Fuelleborni came out on top after some circling though.

Are the compatibility between species all good?
 

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If your LFS guy knew you were stocking a 36" tank and recommended these fish, he just lost all my respect. :lol:

My female labs often have darker fins than the males.

The reality is that lots of people keep fish successfully. We don't agree with your LFS guy and he does not agree with us.

If you trust him and want to go with his advice, it will only confuse and upset you to double-check him on the forums.

Maybe try things his way and if everything goes well then no need for additional confirmation? :thumb:

Hope you enjoy the fish!
 
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