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Old 02-02-2006, 02:59 PM   #1
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my cichlid tank... question

I wanted to add some more variety to my tank that isn't too aggressive but i want to stay mbuna and i may get rid of my johanni, auratus, and possibly the kenyi. That'll just leave me with the labs and the acea and the albino soclofi. THe labs and acei are my favorite so im wondering about these names that ive seen... "zebra", "electric blue"... and any other suggestions of peaceful mbuna that would be compatible.
Now keep in mind that im only going to add more if i removed some fish. The auratus and johanni are definitely going to go because i like to have the groups and even though the auratus is a female i saw her take a chunk out of a labs tail!!! The kenyi are a little bit aggressive but so far no problems there. If i can find a nice blue to add i will have no problem getting rid of the kenyi.
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zebra= aggresive
Electric Blue= not aggresive

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Old 02-02-2006, 03:25 PM   #3
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ok but what exaclty ARE they ... any links to pages with profiles? i was browsing through malawi mayhem but not having much luck finding anything.
I know its a chance either way but what would be the best to add if i did this to add more color variety?
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http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profile...gory.php?cat=2 Some zebras are listed here, look on the right side of the descriptions.

http://www.malawicichlidhomepage.com...awi_ahlis.html Electric blue haps.

This site lists both haps and mbuna and some of the names you can google for images.
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Thanks Zagz.. very helpful.
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After reading around i think im gonna stick with the combo i have except i am getting rid of the auratus. The other's are all ok.
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It's hard to make decisions regarding stocking sometimes isn't it? There are so many options sometimes it can be information overload I think.
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lol that is so true. WHen i first started i just threw in a bunch of mixed africans for 1.99 to find out taht they may not work well together. I love the kenyi becuase of the blue and nothing else has really cought my eye at hte LFS . And Acei---well they are purple.. LOL. so awesome. And of course the labs are the most popular.
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To give you an idea...
I have the acei "msuli",
Maingano (cyaneo..etc)
latisfaciata (the vertical stripes goes great with the horizontals on the maingano)
dimi compressiceps (wouldn't recommend this for adults)
theres even a albino peacock around somewhere.
and plan to add yellows soon.
So there is a good contrast of Bright blue, black, purple, yellow, white, red and orange
better once the yellow labs in there.
I'm also majorly overstocked at the moment so there is no aggression whatsoever besides a fin nipping red tail black shark who is soon to go. Only problem I had was they all ganged up and hammered 2 albino bristlenose I put in there.
Just put my fry into the tank. some are less then 1/3", and my largest fish is 5" and they haven't even looked twice at each other.
have no problem with the hap/mbuna mixture at all, only thing is to do a minor re-arrange and a major water change if anything gets introduced to the tank.
BTW, wheres ur pics !!

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Dimidiochromis compressiceps,
Astatotilapia latifasciata
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Labidochromis caeruleus
Cynotilapia afra 'Cobue'
Pseudotropheus acei 'Msuli Point'
Aulunocara stuartgranti 'chipoka'
Labidochromis freibergi
Oreochromis mossambicus
Etroplus suratensis
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ha ha yeah you try to get pics of fish with a camera phone.
there are some pics in my gallery though if u wanna check it out.. all wiht my camera phone and of poor quality.
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