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hey everyone! I recently set my 38 gallon up for cichlids as I've never kept them before and have been wanting to for a long time. I recently moved so completely tore it down (it was dirted with tons of plants and tons of guppies, cherry barbs, tiger barbs, a gourami and a bn pleco) and took the stock to my lfs. flash forward a few months, now we're all settled in the new house it was time to set up again!

I was 100% set on a cichlid tank. Malawi's are probably my favorite freshwater fish, and before I assumed they were hard to keep, but after research learned they're relatively easy, and I was so over dirt and plants (maintenance was ridiculous) and gravel seemed much easier to clean and less dirty (obviously) so here we are!

I just left the lfs a few hours ago with 6 new Malawi's! 2 red zebras, 2 blue zebras, 1 peacock (maybe ob?), 1 yellow lab !

I know I should have more of each species, but that's what I could afford this week. next check my plan is to get: 2 more reds 2more blues and two more yellows. what's yall's opinion on that? I have a video here, let me know what you think! the water is super cloudy bc I'm using seachem clarity.https://imgur.com/a/ouDlJeS[/url
 

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Not so easy in smaller tanks unfortunately. Is this tank 36" long? Don't get too excited yet, your tank is really too small for a good Malawi mbuna community. You need a group to spread around attention/aggression. The longer the tank, the easier, because the fish can get away from each other. Juveniles will be fine, but aggression becomes a problem when they are mature and grow over 3".

Looks like the OB is an OB Zebra type far as I can tell.
 

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totally! eventually I plan on getting a 75gallon, so once they're all grown up and fully established pecking orders etc, ill swap them to the 75, then use the 38 as a grow out.

but yes, to answer your question, it is 36" long.
 

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I agree, you need a 75G that is 48" long for 4 species, and those species will not do well together.

If you can't get a 48" tank I would swap the zebras and the peacock for 5 yellow labs (giving you six) and call the tank stocked.

How big are they now? They can spawn at 2 inches so that is when they will need the bigger tank. AND the zebras will not do well together even in a 75G.
 

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id say a little under 2", and like I said they'll be getting swapped to a bigger tank in the next few months. but I think 36" long will be ok for at least until then. the people at my lfs are very knowledgeable and I explainmed the situayion and this is what they recommended. im planning on overcrowding a bit to reduce aggression. I don't want just labs. they're pretty but I like more color.
 

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Looking at your video up close you seem to have...

2 Socolofi not Cobalt Blue Zebra (Callainos), yours are more elongated and seem to have a line in the dorsal
2 Red Zebra (Estherae)
1 OB Zebra (more or less, may not be pure)
1 Yellow Labidochromis
 

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ahhh, thank you for the clarification. so could I get more of those species and move them to a bigger tank in the future? at least a 75, if not a 90 or 150. im just waiting to find one reasonably priced.
 
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