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Species tank: Labidochromis caeruleus What ratio?

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I am in the process of re-doing the stock of my 75g tank. I am working on making it a tanganyikan community tank.

I was able to give away a juvenile venustus and n. lelupi (tried to eat my juvenile calvus). I am currently looking for a home for an adolescent socolofi and peacock male. The other Malawi in my tank was my yellow lab, the first cichlid I ever bought.

Being somewhat partial, I decided I wanted to keep her. I setup my 40g tank and I decided to make it a yellow lab species tank where they can breed. I moved her over, and when I went back to the fish store to return the two juvenile Frontosas I bought before learning a 75g was too small, I traded them for two fully grown yellow labs. One is a beautiful male, and the other is a female already holding eggs!

That makes 3 labs in a 40g. 1 adult male, 1 adult female, and 1 younger female around 2.5-3 inches. My question is, what is the ideal makeup for a family group in a 40g tank?
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what is the length of the 40 gal? If it's a 36inch I'd go 1M/3-4F. If it's a 48in you could go like 3M/9F....
I'd bump those numbers like crazy. For a 3' tank, 9-10 adults. 1-2 males. For a 4' tank, 12-15. 1-4 males.
i have a 30 gallon 36 inches and i have 1 or 2 males 3 or 4 females stilll small cant vent them well yet and its fine i've bred them before in that setup its beutiful
I'd do 5-7 labs in a 36" tank but only one male.
I did a lot of reading about stripping fry, and then tried it on the large female that I have who was holding. I have at least 8 free swimming fry in a breeder box. There is barely any yolk sack left, so she must have been holding for a while. I decided to try it after i was watching the tank and saw many pairs of eyes looking at me from her mouth. Now to get some fry food. 8)
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