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hi i need species that may be good in like an african cichlid community tank. i have some other random african species and wanna mix in some malawi mbuna and need some help picking so if you got any insight shoot it my way. thanks
 

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What size tank?

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it is a 30 gallon i believe. i also have a 55 gallon and will probably give away some of the males once they sex up and get bigger since i have buddies with cichlid tanks. the 30 gallon has a few tiger barbs and a butterfly fish in it atm.
 

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I have a 35g that has been going great with 6 Yellow Labs, 6 Mainganos and more recently 4 Ps. Acei (though well aware that these will grow bigger than the 3" that they currently are and that I'll be having to switch them to a larger tank).

Smaller tanks take some additional thought due to the potential for hyper-aggression. Mine is going fine, but I think mainly due to LOTS of rock-work and places for each fish to "own" and retreat to.

Have to keep a better eye on water quality and chemistry too. I do testing, cleaning and a 15% water change twice a week which keeps things good.
 

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ya my 30 gallon provides no problems now that it has fully cycled and im doing the gravel vaccums my water clarity hasnt been better. but the problem i have is that most places with cheap acei's.... dont actually sell acei's. last one i bought... was some kind of synochromoblahblah freyei so idk. if you got pics of juvies thatd be tight. i was thinking yellow labs tho as well. plz link me full name of the other species you have in there so i can look it up also any common names would help as i am new to the hobby :)
 

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Maingano = Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos

Acei = Pseudotrpheus sp. "Acei"

Yellow Lab = Labidochromis Caeruleus

They are my 3 species.

The other I would look at is Cynotilapia Afra (I am a big fan of the "Cobue" strain and want some for a second tank setup)

The profiles on this site and on another called 'Malawi Mayhem' will be very helpful in your identification and choice of fish.
 

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Psuedotropheous saulosi are also an option. They are easily sexable, males being bright blue with black, females are pure golden yellow. They stay smaller, at around 3.5-4 inches, and IME, aren't that aggressive. I currently have 7 of them, 3 males, 4 females, in a 40 tall with a gold nugget pleco, an albino bristlenose, and a male M. johnjoansonae.
 

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Do you mean that you plan to move them to the 55G once they mature?

What are the dimensions on the 30G?

I would never keep acei in less than a 4 foot tank, they need the space and may not exhibit their normal passive nature if you try confining them to too small of an area.

Let's get the dimensions of the tank first and see if you plan to move them up to the 55G.

If they will stay in the 30G and it's a longer tank rather than a tall tank, you'll be better off to go single species and dwarf mbuna.

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