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Should I stock my new 55 with demasoni and labs or white top haras or metriaclima sp zebra chilumba. If you pick other please post what you think.
 

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If you do hara or chilumba, etc. would it be a species tank?
 

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Metriaclima sp. Zebra Chilumba are large (7") and aggressive. I wouldn't keep them in anything less than a 75 gallon, and really best would be a 6-footer.

(Hara or Demasoni) + Labs = would be a great choice for a 55g.
 

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Kanorin said:
Metriaclima sp. Zebra Chilumba are large (7") and aggressive. I wouldn't keep them in anything less than a 75 gallon, and really best would be a 6-footer.

(Hara or Demasoni) + Labs = would be a great choice for a 55g.
I was thinking they were a bit big and aggressive but I thought it wouldn't be a problem with only them in the tank. Sad part is that I'm only 15 I want a huge 180 gallon but I don't have money for it and my parents say it's to much so I have to stick to a bunch of 55s and 10 gallon fry tanks for now
 

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Oh I also have a question. I'm getting the tank Sunday if I take the filter from my other tank and put it on the new one then fill the new tank halfway with water from my old tank them just fill it. I don't have to worry about cycling the tank, am I right?
 

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Hara and labs would be nice. If you take a filter from an established tank, you will have no cycle (test daily to be sure). No need for half the tank water as well because the bacteria don't live in the water.
 

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DJRansome said:
Hara and labs would be nice. If you take a filter from an established tank, you will have no cycle (test daily to be sure). No need for half the tank water as well because the bacteria don't live in the water.
Thanks, I also think haras and labs would be nice but it worries me that the females are more drab looking if I get haras they will be f1 so they should be good quality but demasonis look amazing also I'm just confused lol and the haras are cheaper
 

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Another stupid question but could I mix Cynotilapia sp hara with Cynotilapia sp lion Mara rocks instead of yellowlabs
 

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II25tolifeII said:
Thanks, I also think haras and labs would be nice but it worries me that the females are more drab looking if I get haras they will be f1 so they should be good quality but demasonis look amazing also I'm just confused lol and the haras are cheaper
I definitely wouldn't call hara females drab. They may not be quite as flashy as Demasoni females, but they are colorful and can even flash male-like colors every now and then. 2 of my females look like males while they are holding.

Another stupid question but could I mix Cynotilapia sp hara with Cynotilapia sp lion Mara rocks instead of yellowlabs
There's a good chance that you'd see aggression between the males and crossbreeding. Especially in a smaller tank like a 55g.
 

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Kanorin said:
II25tolifeII said:
Thanks, I also think haras and labs would be nice but it worries me that the females are more drab looking if I get haras they will be f1 so they should be good quality but demasonis look amazing also I'm just confused lol and the haras are cheaper
I definitely wouldn't call hara females drab. They may not be quite as flashy as Demasoni females, but they are colorful and can even flash male-like colors every now and then. 2 of my females look like males while they are holding.

Another stupid question but could I mix Cynotilapia sp hara with Cynotilapia sp lion Mara rocks instead of yellowlabs
There's a good chance that you'd see aggression between the males and crossbreeding. Especially in a smaller tank like a 55g.
ohh I thought Cynotilapia spieces had drab females. And if they wouldn't work what would be a good tank mate other then labs because I already have a Cynotilapia and lab tank
 

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Then I would do demasoni and labs.
 

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K how many demasoni and labs should I buy for a 55 I know people say atleast 12 but I could add more right?
 

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I'd buy 20 and plan to end up with 15 after removing excess sub-dominant males. Six labs.
 

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Thanks for the help I'm going to order these ASAP before I change my mind again lol
 

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DJransome when you say get 20 of the demasoni and plan on keeping 15..is that 1 male and 14 females?
 

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DJransome when you say get 20 of the demasoni and plan on keeping 15..is that 1 male and 14 females?
All you do is remove the rejected subdominate males with colonies of demasonis I think, I'm almost positive you don't have to worry about male to female ratios they take care Of that themselves from what I hear
 

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Ordered 25 demasonis and 10 yellow labs and I split my fry tank into three for any rejected demasonis they are going to be here tomorrow when I get home from school I can't wait. I also accidentally stripped my Cynotilapia afra chimate to early but she picked all the babies up. I know they do that but I've never seen it I think it's cool how they do it(hope she picked them up instead of eaten them lol) seems like the babies were on day 13 not 18
 
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