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Hi, I am wanting to start breeding African Cichlids. Using a ratio of 1m - 4f per tank??, what size tanks would be best?

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Ok, mbuna cichlids is still not a species, but your getting closer. For a single species breeding tank you could use a 30 or 40 gallon with a 36"x18" footprint, the only difference between the 30 and 40 is the height.
 

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Lots of different ways to go depending if you are aiming strictly at breeding for pure production or using a tank for pleasure with breeding if it happens. I'm more the accidental breeder type. I do pay attention to avoid mutts. With that, I find having tanks for grow out to be much more a problem. Thirty and up for many will work for the main tank but then lots of smaller tanks (10-20) for growing them to good size to sell. Right now, I have one 75 where the breeding occurs and four small growout and that is not enough for small tanks.
 

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Sorry. Here is a list of what I want to start breeding.

Labidochromis caeruleus
Pseudotropheus demasoni
Metriaclima callainos
Pseudotropheus socolofi

I am wanting to do it as a hobby.
 

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I would start with 1 male 5 females Labidochromis caeruleus in a 40 gallon breeder and you should be fine breeding them. Make sure to get them from 2 different breeders to make genetics better.
 
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