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Selecting Dwarf Mbuna's - Help please

Postby mr2jay » Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:43 am

Good morning, you are all going to get a bit sick of me....

Equipment wise, the tank will easily be set up and cycling by the middle of next week. I intend to fishless cycle the tank - cheating a bit and using SafeStart and Ammonia to get the cycle going. I'll be testing daily and once the ammonia is being eaten up and the nitrates are vanishing as well, I know I'm ready but I digress.

One thing that has come as a bit of a shock is that it is better to stock the tank in one go. As a result, I have to make up my mind on fish right away before I buy anything so I can get the lot in one shot (or at least over a weekend).

Now I'm looking at Dwarf Mbuna's generally - either 16 or 20 fish (200 litre tank) but I am REALLY struggling with selecting fish that would cohabit well.

So far I have on my shortlist....

1. Cynotilapia zebroides (Jalo Reef)
2. Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Lab) - Not strictly a Dwarf but stunning none the less

After than I am struggling due to fish being overly aggressive, banded, destructive..... What can people suggest for blues? Also, does anyone have any smaller alternatives for the Yellow Lab?

How many of each breed would people buy as well?

Thanks Guys and sorry for being difficult :text-thankyoublue:
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Re: Selecting Dwarf Mbuna's - Help please

Postby mr2jay » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:16 am

Updated List

1. Cynotilapia zebroides (Jalo Reef)
2. Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Lab) - Not strictly a Dwarf but stunning none the less - Possible Alternative Metriaclima sp. “daktari”
3. Metriaclima aurora
4. Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos (Maingano)
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Re: Selecting Dwarf Mbuna's - Help please

Postby beast666 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:28 pm

Not mbuna or all that small, but my sc. Fryeri bring a really nice blue to my tank and are doing great despite the size of my tank (180 l) and don't seem to be particularly aggressive even though one of them is the third largest in the tank
Labidochromis Caeruleus
Sciaenochromis Fryeri
Cynotilapia Afra Jalo Reef
Haplochromis sp44
Otopharynx Lithobates Black Orange Dorsal
Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Eureka
Synodontis Multipunctatus
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Re: Selecting Dwarf Mbuna's - Help please

Postby mr2jay » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:31 pm

That is a very pretty fish I have to admit....

I was thinking along the lines of Pseudotropheus Saulosi but I am concerned with the vertical bars of the Jalo Reef....
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Re: Selecting Dwarf Mbuna's - Help please

Postby Clare » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:45 am

pdated List

1. Cynotilapia zebroides (Jalo Reef) - Good choice
2. Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Lab) - Good choice
3. Metriaclima aurora - These are not dwarf
4. Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos (Maingano) - these are ok but are not dwarf.

Others you can choose from are Elongatus neon spot, Pseudotropheus ndumbi super red top. Also the dimorphic species which will do ok.
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