In my tank I currently have 2 Red Zebras, 1 Jewel, 1 Electric Yellow, 1 Pleco. Can anyone suggest other cichlids I could house with this combination? I'd rather have cichlids that stay under 5" right now.
I agree, acei or socolofi would be a great addition :thumb:Glaneon said:I could have sworn I saw this post before...
I think they said remove the jewel, and add other mbuna.
You could do 1 more species - or just stock up on the Yellow Labs & RZ's.
I would say 3 species - Yellow Lab, Red Zebra & something blue (easy in mbuna). I like Socolofi as a blue feesh
I would be a little worried about the male estherae and callainos fighting. Its not a guarantee just something to consider. Again, If you are not worried about keeping fry then it makes it more plausible as the risk of hybridization would be just as high with those two as it would be with the labs/red zebras IME.Otherwise you could do cobalt zebras. (Metriaclima Callainos)
I would say no. If you are trying for all-male then it would be better to stick with all-male. Also keep in mind that mbuna are harem breeders so even a pair alone is not likely to work since the male is likely harrass the lone female until she is sick or dead. The reason you want four or more females for your male is to spread his aggression across many individuals.YoungCrazyCatWoman said:1 Yellow LabxRed Zebra hybrid
1 Metriaclima lombardoi
1 Labidochromis sp. Hongi young male
I am going to the Rocky Mountain Cichlid Association Auction this saturday and will be looking for a breeding pair of Melanochromis parallelus. Would this combination be more likely to work?
Oh okay. Can you recommend a more peaceful one?[/quote]i would say no. If you are trying for all-male then it would be better to stick with all-male. Also keep in mind that mbuna are harem breeders so even a pair alone is not likely to work since the male is likely harrass the lone female until she is sick or dead. The reason you want four or more females for your male is to spread his aggression across many individuals.
Melanochromis species are among the most aggressive mbuna and likely to be even more aggressive than your red zebra was.
Would they live well if I got just one male and one female Pseudotropheus saulosi?newforestrob said:I,ve read threw your threads and can sympathize,if it were me I would find a local fish club or a good L.F.S. and start over
If you are set on africans ,specifically mbuna,you could have three species in your 55,but why not just two,
plenty of rocks,to form caves and hidey holes,
you could start off with lets say pseudotropheus saulosi http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1 and labidichromis caeruleus(lundu) or Nkhata bay http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1667
start as juveniles ,maybe 20 saulosi and 10 white labs.remove extra males
they will do better growing up together,I would aim for final number of around 15 to 20 total
introducing adults with adults,will most times end in problems since territories have been established,good luck with whatever you decide to do :thumb: