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Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by iamzrad, May 6, 2012.

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    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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    Adults?
    Juveniles?
    Fry?
     
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    Most likely some juvie's.
     
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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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    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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    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/Cynotilapia sp Mbamba Mpanga Rocks.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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    A thread by you with the words want and mbuna in it together?
     
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    Sent PM
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What is going on??? :lol::lol::rolleyes: Getting back to my roots, I guess.
     

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