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Old 03-28-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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My first try at african cichlids

Hello..I have owned almost every type of south american cichlid there is...but never Africans...I now have about 18 mbuna in my 150gl tank..I have done a lil research about there diet but I cant get then to eat vegetables..I have tried broccoli and lettuce.....any other suggestions? And how can I tell male from female? Also as far as sand or small gravel which is better? Thanks!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Males are usually brighter than females, some are more obvious than others.. Some cant be told and need venting... 1:3 male to female ratio is usually the best way to keep them, slightly overstocked too.. I think you could fit about 24 in there, With extra filtration.. Make sure they are around the same temperament, a poor peacock wouldn't last long with a male adult auratus..
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Males are usually brighter than females, some are more obvious than others.. Some cant be told and need venting... 1:3 male to female ratio is usually the best way to keep them, slightly overstocked too.. I think you could fit about 24 in there, With extra filtration.. Make sure they are around the same temperament, a poor peacock wouldn't last long with a male adult auratus..
+1 yup venting way to go maybe try feeding peas though!
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+ are yours tanganikan or mbuna? Try not to mix those.
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+ are yours tanganikan or mbuna? Try not to mix those.
They are all mbuna...I made sure of that when I ordered them....I'll post a few pics a lil later
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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Males are usually brighter than females, some are more obvious than others.. Some cant be told and need venting... 1:3 male to female ratio is usually the best way to keep them, slightly overstocked too.. I think you could fit about 24 in there, With extra filtration.. Make sure they are around the same temperament, a poor peacock wouldn't last long with a male adult auratus..
Thanks for your info....but 24...I was thinking more like 30 to 40
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Thanks for your info....but 24...I was thinking more like 30 to 40
IMO it just depends on the fish that you put in it like labs grow smaller than bumblebee cichlid.
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Try cucumber! Mine can't get enough!!
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IMO it just depends on the fish that you put in it like labs grow smaller than bumblebee cichlid.
I'm not to familiar with the names of the fish yet...guess I'll have to do more research...but I do know I have 3 yellow labs...I want the bumblebee but my LFS doesn't seem to carry them
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I'm not to familiar with the names of the fish yet...guess I'll have to do more research...but I do know I have 3 yellow labs...I want the bumblebee but my LFS doesn't seem to carry them
Oh ok but I think you could at least fit 20 for overstocking purposes.
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