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Old 05-06-2012, 8:41 PM   #1
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Cool WTB: Mbuna groups

I'm thinking about getting back to mbuna's and want to setup a nice 55gal group (maybe 2-3 different groups). Granted, I haven't had mbuna's in over 5+ yrs, so I'm a little rusty when it comes to mixing them.

Anybody selling some groups? I'm not too particular to which ones I would keep, so anything is welcomed!



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Old 05-06-2012, 8:59 PM   #2
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Adults?
Juveniles?
Fry?



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Old 05-06-2012, 9:56 PM   #3
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Most likely some juvie's.



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Old 05-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #4
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what 3 groups are you looking to have Phil?
Jay have some also they are doing an order from Dave be a good time to order this week
Do you want to go with the regular well known groups?
or are you looking to go with different more rare types?
Yellow Labs/Rustie's and Yellow tail Acei
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Old 05-07-2012, 6:52 AM   #5
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Craig, something a little different would be nice. I'm thinking 2 groups, maybe 3 max. I'd really like to have contrasting "colors" in the fish. I've always been a big fan of Afra's (Cobue) and Socolofi's. I'm leaning towards the dwarf mbuna's for this tank.

But like I said, I'm open to anything really, but something different from the commons would be nice!


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Old 05-07-2012, 7:58 AM   #6
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I have been eying up these guys from Dave they are nice and i dont think anyone around have them.
http://www.davesfish.com/images/Cyno...ga%20Rocks.jpg

I have breeding pairs of
Pseudotropheus flavus have a few babies female is holding again
Cynotilapia afra (Jalo Reef) some frys and i think the female is holding again
Labeotropheus trewavasae "mpanga red" they have a small group of babies thinking of making a colony of them
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Old 05-07-2012, 8:39 AM   #7
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A thread by you with the words want and mbuna in it together?
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Old 05-07-2012, 9:28 AM   #8
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Whatever I have for sale that Phil is not interested in, I will make available to the rest of the board
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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hey Phil

I have metriaclima cyneusmarginatus (juvies) which are stunning... pm me if interested



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Gorgeous blue and yellow fish...and not too aggressive, either. I kept my group in a 2'x2'x1' with great luck...

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I have metriaclima cyneusmarginatus (juvies) which are stunning... pm me if interested
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #12
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What I will have available are:
Cynotilapia afra Mara Rocks -- Amazing Color
Red Top Kilumba -- Starting to color real nice
White tail acei -- getting an awesome blue

I have been feeding yourfishstuff cichlid flakes and NLS and my fish are getting awesome color

A 2x2x1 is how many gallons?
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #13
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A 2x2x1 is how many gallons?
30, basically if you put two 15 gallon tanks together side by side(the base is square).
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Red Top Kilumba?
or is it Red Top Chilumba?
any Pic?
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So it it better to keep a group or groups of Mbuna in smaller tanks keep them fully stock to cut aggression?
This will also keep them smaller
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Old 05-07-2012, 1:16 PM   #16
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I can try and take pics or else I will find you a link. I think it is a Kilumba but I am not sure if it should be Chilumba. One is a Lab species and the other is a treops species. Mine are the lab species
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I've had good luck with the 2'x2'x1' tanks for groups of mbuna, haps and peacocks. The key is heavy, female heavy stocking, filtration and hiding spots.

In my fishroom in California, I kept mostly African mouthbrooders on the top rack of my fishroom and filtered with oversize dump filters (plus sponges and boxes). I tried to keep a dozen or so (usually 2M/10 or so females) or so of a group in a tank. Decoration was 3 or so fish condos (AKA PVC of various sizes rubberbanded together)...and the tanks were all on auto-water changers.

This worked great for Cynotilapia, Pseudo. kingsizei, polits, red zebras, all kinds of peacocks, Protomelas, Victorian Haps...even Nimbochromis livingstoni and polystigma (although I kept only 1M/~5-6 females in the tank).

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This will also keep them smaller
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Interesting Matt
I have always think you need more room for Mbuna at lease a 75 gallon tank
But lately have seen and heard of people having great success in 29 and 30 gallon tanks
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It really depends on the fish... I wouldn't try it with Melanochromis chipokae or Chilumba zebra or angrier peacocks, but it worked (at least for me) for many of them.

...and a 24x24 footprint tank allows me to get away with some stuff that I couldn't with say a 36X12...

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I have always think you need more room for Mbuna at lease a 75 gallon tank
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A thread by you with the words want and mbuna in it together?
What is going on??? Getting back to my roots, I guess.



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