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kamaruh
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PostPosted: 2012.08.19(Sun)12:50    Post subject: 1st malawi tank Reply with quote

hi all! I've been in the aquatic hobby for quite a while now but this is my first attempt on raising cichlids.. my tank is 150 gallons and I got 20 different mbuna juvies: like auratus, yellow prince, kenyi, ali, tangerine and ice blue. I was wondering if I have over stocked my tank? I also have a problem with 2 of my auratus it seems the other one change to male.. he is always chasing the female and nipping her constantly.. what do I need to do?
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.08.20(Mon)13:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without fish numbers it is hard to know how stocked your tank is. You need lots of rock work or hiding spaces and only one male auratus per tank.
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kamaruh
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PostPosted: 2012.08.22(Wed)5:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 20 cichlids in the tank.. been doing the rock work but I'm planning to do the diy pvc pipes soon
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PostPosted: 2012.08.22(Wed)5:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

20 fish may be OK but it does depend what species & the tank's dimensions. If the tank is long & low it can house more than a narrow, tall, tank.
Some of those fish get much larger than others and how many per species?
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kamaruh
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PostPosted: 2012.08.22(Wed)10:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 species, 2 each and my tank is 5 ft long 28" high and 2 ft wide..
this is the list where I got these cichlids from my lfs:
-yellow prince
-blue ali
-venustus
-blue dolphin
-auratus
-blue kenyi
-ice blue
-jewel
-white tail asie
-tangerine

they all in same size below 2" and heres a current pic of the tank:



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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2012.08.22(Wed)11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of those species are not safe to keep as pairs. Eg Venustus usually need four females per male.
Please research the fish you have and decide if you want haps or mbuna and return the jewels which are river fish not rift lake fish.
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kamaruh
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PostPosted: 2012.08.23(Thu)13:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

even if they are all males? except for the jewel I didn't know it was a pair.. so far there arent any agressions for the whole week but I guess its too early for it to say.. all my other tanks are full so maybe ill just wait and observe them
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