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Good Evening,

I'm new, so please excuse any naivety or silly questions. I am seeking some advise on how best to stock a Malawi biotope,
I am drawn to this style of tank due to the striking colors of the fish. I was initially interesting in stocking some Yellow Lab's, but realize the tank might be a little small.

The tank is 120L / 31.7 G (US) and 34x24x18 (inches) with curved corners on the front. I have done lots of reading on what is needed with regards to higher PH, limestone rocks etc.
However i am a little stuck with what livestock to go with. Ideally i would like a good number of fish, so wouldn't be adverse to a couple of striking feature fish and some smaller specimens.

Please can anybody offer some advise? Thanks in advance.
 

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Welcome to C-F

What are the tank dimensions without the curve?

You'll be extremely limited with a 34" length in terms of stock.
 

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Iggy Newcastle said:
Welcome to C-F

What are the tank dimensions without the curve?

You'll be extremely limited with a 34" length in terms of stock.
Thank you :fish:

it is this tank, so more of a bow than curve i guess...

 

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Saulosi would be the "go to"recommendation to try in a tank less than 48", the one species gives you the striking blue color in the male and yellow with the females.
 

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DutchAJ said:
Saulosi would be the "go to"recommendation to try in a tank less than 48", the one species gives you the striking blue color in the male and yellow with the females.
i did see these, what numbers would i be looking at being able to keep?
 

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I'd go for 10 saulosi (3m 7f) to give blue and yellow, with 5 rusties (hard to sex, but m and f similar, 1 or 2 males best) to give some red. Get all fish together (once tank cycled) as juveniles about 4-5cm.

Get plenty of small, stackable rocks to make plenty of hidey holes, preferably in two stacks at either end of the tank, but don't put them full depth (front to back) of tank to give some free swimming space.

Should make an interesting tank without too much unmanageable aggression.
 

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That sounds like a neat set-up, thanks for the tip.

Are they all readily available in the uk?
 

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Both pretty easy to get hold of, quality can vary with saulosi in particular. Would recommend using specialist breeders rather than lfs if possible. Delivery is reasonable as long as you are buying a fair amount of fish, and not as hairy as you might think, I'm yet to receive a dead or poorly fish through a courier.
 

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You'll also need good filtration (enough for a 240 litre tank) and be prepared for large and regular water changes; tanks this small can work but you'll need to put the effort in! Good luck!
 
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