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Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby weirdfish » Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:37 pm

Hi All,

Looking for advice on stocking & species compatibility for my Corner tank. Its a similar size to a Trigon 190 but a little deeper, it was custom built.

Having spoken to LFS & others they have recommended 20-30 fish. Would you agree with this?

Fish I would like to keep:-

Labidochromis caeruleus " Yellow lab "
Pseudotropheus acei " Yellow Tail "
Labeotropheus trewavasae "Mpanga"
Metriaclima zebra long pelvic "Gallireya Reef"

How many off each if compatible? and would you recommend any other species?

Hoping to order some fish from Tony soon.

Cheers James
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby LoverRock » Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:00 pm

not sure the tank would be big enough for those fish tbh..
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby bradderz123 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:07 am

Personally I would speak directly to Tony and discuss. The first two are the basis of a less aggressive set up. I have a similar tank size - the problem is that with very territorial fish there's no where for them to run if getting bashed about. It also means you generally only get one dominant in each species - there's not enough room for more than that to establish territories.

Please see my signature for fish kept - most were bought up together from juvenile which has helped to establish a pecking order in the tank. However, I've lost two great fish that were added as adults recently and the boss of the tank didn't like others trying to take over (a Lwanda and a Taiwan Reef) - just need to manage your set up carefully.
Otopharynx Lithobates
Protomelas Steveni Taiwan Reef
Neo Omnicaeruleus Makobe
Pseudotropheus Polits
Aulonocara Firefish Ice
Lab Super Red Top Hongi
Ndumbi Super Red Top
Socolofi 'Snowflake'
Lab Caeruleus
Lab Chisumulae
Bristlenoses
Botia Striata/Kubotai
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby weirdfish » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:08 pm

Thanks for the replies, Bradderz how many fish in total do you have in your tank it looks a very similar size to mine?
I have had another look at my stocking wish list because a few of the fish grew rather large. Does anyone have an opinion on mixing the following together? If so what stocking ratio number of breeds and m/f ?
I really want to base the stock around a groups of Pseudotropheus Saulosi and Labidochromis caeruleus,
others I like are
Tonys Labidochromis hongi SRT
Metriaclima zebra long pelvic Gallireya
Cynotilapia afra jalo reef
Pseudotropheus Ndumbi SRT

Cheers James
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby bradderz123 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:51 pm

I have about 28 Malawis, 6 Botia and 3 Bristlenoses - a number of the yellow labs (of which I have 7) are juveniles I've bred and when they get bigger I'll have to move them on.

I do a 75% water change every week - my ammonia and nitrites are a constant zero and by the time I change the water the nitrates are at around 40. So you can stock heavy if you are prepared for the husbandry.

The red top (hongi and ndumbi) would work well. I've got two males of each but generally only one is full colour with the hongi although both ndumbis are coloured up. The Jalo Reef I have had - but again I could only get one male to colour up.

Why not look at some of Tony's linebreds?
Otopharynx Lithobates
Protomelas Steveni Taiwan Reef
Neo Omnicaeruleus Makobe
Pseudotropheus Polits
Aulonocara Firefish Ice
Lab Super Red Top Hongi
Ndumbi Super Red Top
Socolofi 'Snowflake'
Lab Caeruleus
Lab Chisumulae
Bristlenoses
Botia Striata/Kubotai
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby weirdfish » Thu Nov 05, 2015 2:31 pm

A bit of an update I phoned Tony about a fortnight ago and put a stocking list together which include the following species:-

Labidochromis Caeruleus
Metriaclima Callainos "Sexed Pair"
Labidichromis Super Red Top Hongi
Pseudotropheus Socolofi 'snowflake'
Cynotilapia afra "Jalo Reef"
Psuedotropheus Ndumbi SRT

All fish arrived well packed and in great condition Thanks Tony :text-thankyoublue:

I'm cycling the tank using Tetra safe start parameters have been:-
Ammonia 0.25ppm ( 2nd colour on API test ) for 9 days now.
Nitrite 0 on day 1
Nitrite 0.25ppm on days 2 to 6 ( 5 days in total ) then back to 0 on day 7

Only fed them lightly on days 3,4,5,8 & 9 missed 6 & 7 due to not being in the house during tank lighting times.
Does this seem normal?
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby The Codfather » Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:34 pm

yep
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Re: Mbuna Stocking Advice

Postby Clare » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:27 pm

How are they all doing?
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