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Old 10-12-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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65 gallon mbuna only stocking ideas

So I was gonna pick up a 65 gallon for a mbuna only tank and would just like to get everyone's opinion on there favorite mbunas to keep and wut would be a good centerpiece fish for the tank .. thanx in advance
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:45 AM   #2
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So I was gonna pick up a 65 gallon for a mbuna only tank and would just like to get everyone's opinion on there favorite mbunas to keep and wut would be a good centerpiece fish for the tank .. thanx in advance
My favorite so far is Acei, but they need a bigger tank than that. I would think that the centerpiece would be your tank boss male.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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My favorite so far is Acei, but they need a bigger tank than that. I would think that the centerpiece would be your tank boss male.
I understand the boss of the tank thing but is like some opinions on large vibrant mbunas that'll go well in a 65 with smaller mbunas
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In that size tank you'll need to stick with the Mbuna that get 4-6" that tank doesn't have the swim space for the larger fish. For your centerpiece fish it will be you dominate males. You'll want to stock about 3 types of Mbuna with a 1 male to 4 female ratio, I would shoot for 15-20 fish in total. Just make sure that you filtration is up to par Mbuna like very clean water.

When choosing Mbuna it is important to make sure the females don't look the same and to pick one fish from every species to avoid hybridization.

So pick one fish from the following

Cynotilapia
Iodotropheus
Labeotropheus
Labidochromis
Melanochromis
Petrotilapia
Pseudotropheus

Example:
Iodotropheus sprengerae ''Rusty''
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Labeotropheus fuelleborni

Good mix of colors and patterns.
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In that size tank you'll need to stick with the Mbuna that get 4-6" that tank doesn't have the swim space for the larger fish. For your centerpiece fish it will be you dominate males. You'll want to stock about 3 types of Mbuna with a 1 male to 4 female ratio, I would shoot for 15-20 fish in total. Just make sure that you filtration is up to par Mbuna like very clean water.

When choosing Mbuna it is important to make sure the females don't look the same and to pick one fish from every species to avoid hybridization.

So pick one fish from the following

Cynotilapia
Iodotropheus
Labeotropheus
Labidochromis
Melanochromis
Petrotilapia
Pseudotropheus

Example:
Iodotropheus sprengerae ''Rusty''
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Labeotropheus fuelleborni

Good mix of colors and patterns.
Ya I kno nothing like a Jaguar or dempsey but wut about a lrg peacock of some type or would I be better off keeping it strictly mbunas
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Ya I kno nothing like a Jaguar or dempsey but wut about a lrg peacock of some type or would I be better off keeping it strictly mbunas
Strictly mbuna imo, magurako knows his stuff.
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I love my fuelleborni. Very colorful and active, also fairly well mannered for mbuna. At Least mine have been.
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check out OB zebras!
peacocks will easily hybridize with mbuna, but as long as u dont sell on the fry there is no issue with them together in the tank.
plus hybrids can turn out kinda cool.
what colours do u want in the tank? x
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I would stick to just Mbuna or just peacocks.
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check out OB zebras!
peacocks will easily hybridize with mbuna, but as long as u dont sell on the fry there is no issue with them together in the tank.
plus hybrids can turn out kinda cool.
what colours do u want in the tank? x
I'm looking to have a lrg amount of blues and yellows with a lil bit of red
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