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Old 04-07-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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How many mbuna in a 120 gallon?

So, in a few months I may have the chance to setup a 120 gallon, I would be using it to give my Mbuna a larger tank, currently I have a 75 gallon that houses

7 maingano
6 red zebra
5 yellow labs
5 white labs
1 bumblebee
And one common pleco

The main reason I plan on moving them is for the pleco which I know will slowly outgrow the 75, how many more fish could I safely add? I plan on upgrading my filters to some sort of canister, but will have to do research on that also, but rest assured that proper filtration will be supplied.

I was hoping to up all the groups to 7, other then the bumblebee which would remain alone.
Will I be able to add another species?
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:08 PM   #2
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I would say yes. That would leave you 5 species of 7, the bumblebee and the pleco, for 37 total. I have 35 in my 90 gallon, which I've been advised 35-40 is good. With that, if I were you I would still consider swapping out the common for a group of bristle nose plecos. Not only is the common huge, but it's a waste making machine.
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I know he will get huge but I don't think I could part with him, he's about 7 or 8 inches right now and Definatly is a huge waste producer but I'm willing to do the extra water changes for him, I didnt buy him for cleaning anyway just bought him cuz I thought he was adorable. Haha. For another species what would you recommend? I was thinking acei. Because they are pretty commonly available here during the summer. And from what I heard are peacefull but will also be able to hold there own with my bumblebee
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Well then he will love his nice, big new house

I think acei would be a great choice. They are best in groups with lots of swimming space so be sure the tank has some good open space. My acei just had babies!!!!

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Great thanks for the advice! My fish haven't had fry yet, they haven't all matured yet. I'm really excited for them to have fry, that way I wont need to buy any fish for the bigger tank just the acei! Im working on venting them but its harder then it looks haha.
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Great thanks for the advice! My fish haven't had fry yet, they haven't all matured yet. I'm really excited for them to have fry, that way I wont need to buy any fish for the bigger tank just the acei! Im working on venting them but its harder then it looks haha.
The bumble's are great,I have 2 in my tank&the more mature one has turned black.(awesome looking,named him Debo)
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Once again SICK tank!! I didn't have ANY luck with bumbles. I had to re home all of them.
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Once again SICK tank!! I didn't have ANY luck with bumbles. I had to re home all of them.
Overly aggresive?
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I wouldn't do acei in that tank... especially if it's a 4' 120g. If it's a 5' 120g maybe... but they do best in a 6'+ tank.
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Overly aggresive?
Yes very!! They all had to go...
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