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Hi,

I have 5 yellow labs (1-2") and 5 Maingano's (2"), my tank is set up with a lot of holey rock, a few plastic plants etc.... the tank is 40" x 12" x 12"

My question is... DFo you have any tips, to get the fish swimming around, i see the yellow labs quite a bit but the maingano's seem to hide all day long...especially when the lights are on and my really nice looking dominant male will not leave his little cave! :-?
The maingano's have been in the tank for 4 days now..

Should i tank some of the rocks away?

heres how the tank looks




Please help so i can see more of my fish!.
thanks

Darren.
 

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My maingano are shy to I'm trying to train them by sitting real close to the tank when I feed them. Don't worry though they come out in spurts just give them a few more days to get use to the tank.
 

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an active dither species would help the activity of your tank.. i suggest white tail acei.. their colors would go nice againts your lighter substrate and rocks. Find a large group at a young size they are very active and good schoolers. looks to me like your 10 fish is too little in this tank...
 

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copasetic said:
an active dither species would help the activity of your tank.. i suggest white tail acei.. their colors would go nice againts your lighter substrate and rocks. Find a large group at a young size they are very active and good schoolers. looks to me like your 10 fish is too little in this tank...
My tank is only 90 ltrs /24 gallons....
I would LOVE more fish in there, but fear that the space is limited as they grow....

I would love more input, as to if i should have more fish in there or not..... :-? :-? :-? :-?
 

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That tank in the photo is only 24 gallons?!

I thought it was 100 at least, just by the photos. But I read the measurements... :eek: You do a very good job at making it look much larger.

No, then. A 29 gallon is quite small, you may already be overstocked.
 

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Time may help, imagine how devestating the whole moving process was to the fish. They are smarter and have better memories than you think they do (especially these Africans, they are very smart). It may even be a few weeks before they are comfortable with the whole setup; but they won't hide forever. The fun thing about mbuna is that they are curious little guys. Nothing really bothers them long term. Eventually they will come out and be right up in your face all the time.
 

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copasetic said:
wow thats only 24gallons wow..
Its because its a long tank...... 40 inches (1 meter)
I think the back to nature slimline background help gives it a bit of depth too.
 

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yes i have a 54x12x12" tank.. the H12 x W12 with all the length is all u need for cichlids.. i have a large breeding group of chiwindi peacocks in it, and im sure this tank will hold another successful breeding group. havent decided what yet. im sure my extra 14" makes the difference tho.
 

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If the photo serves me right the tank is on the ground .. I've noticed my fish in my bottom tanks are the same way.... I'd say try throwing a group of Pseudotropheus acei in but the size of the tank probably isn't ideal... A few giant danio's will get them swimming about...
 

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If the photo serves me right the tank is on the ground .. I've noticed my fish in my bottom tanks are the same way.... I'd say try throwing a group of Pseudotropheus acei in but the size of the tank probably isn't ideal... A few giant danio's will get them swimming about...
The tank is on the work surface, about 80cm off the ground....
 
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