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Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looking t

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Thu Feb 13, 2014 19:33

240 Ltr Juwel tank, sand substrate with Fluval 305 external filter.

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: trumps » Thu Feb 13, 2014 20:31

Hi dean and welcome to the forum :hi

Any ideas on what you want to stock it with?
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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Thu Feb 13, 2014 21:14

Hmm. Not really sure. I like the idea of Mbuna but I'm told they don't all "play nice". I like all of the Malawi´s for there colour. I'm looking for suggestions so any advice is welcome. :)

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: Sweety » Thu Feb 13, 2014 22:09

:welcome: Dean & the members on here will help you loads, I took their advice & got some Saulosi & really enjoying them all going to plan will be getting some more soon

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: matt_harry_harrison » Fri Feb 14, 2014 18:33

Hi Dean, nice to see someone planning before they buy :goodjob

Your filter maybe a little under gunned to fully stock with Mbuna, its rated to 1000 LPH (which will no doubt be based on an empty cannister with no media) In your shoes I'd look to turn over my tank volume a minimum of 4x an hour, so maybe add another 305 if you can stretch to it.

If you could stock fully then you'd be looking at maybe 25-30 dwarf types (ie 4") and would need to change around 50% of your water weekly (depending on quality of tap water, maybe more, maybe less)

In terms of species you will need to look at some of the smaller mild mannered fish, so certainly Ps Saulosi is a good bet, as is the Rusty (Iodotropheus) some of the Afra's and maybe the yellow lab (but they will outgrow your tank eventually, they can top out at 6"+, but will take some time getting there!)

Did a set of graphs a while back to cover stock density, will see if I can find them

All the best and keep us posted.

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Fri Feb 14, 2014 19:16

Cool thanks Matt. Another 305 isn't an option atm though I'll look to add asap so that I can up the stock.

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: Rdwh » Wed Feb 19, 2014 14:00

Hi Dean

whats your ultimate goal with mbuna stocking? are you looking for variety or volatility to male it interesting
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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Wed Feb 19, 2014 17:50

I've currently got 4 each of L.Caeruleus and P.jacobfreibergi (3f -1m) and I've reserved 4 P. Saulosi hopefully the same ratio. Not sure whether to add another 4 of something else as well.

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PostAuthor: Rdwh » Wed Feb 19, 2014 20:44

Wow they are stunning jacobfribergi
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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Wed Feb 19, 2014 23:20

Rdwh wrote:Wow they are stunning jacobfribergi


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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: matt_harry_harrison » Thu Feb 20, 2014 19:49

The labs and peacocks will make good tank mates, diet is compatible and body shape / colour very different.

The Saulosi are more veggie than the others, so to be safe just keep an eye on the protein levels of your food.

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Thu Feb 20, 2014 20:26

Currently feeding a mix of Hikari cichlid gold mini and Terra cichlid algae mini.

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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: Pete B » Fri Feb 21, 2014 00:33

Rdwh wrote:Wow they are stunning jacobfribergi

Don't think they are jacobfreibergi, they don't have that tail pattern.
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Re: Hi I'm Dean. Had tropical fish for a while and now looki

PostAuthor: DeanDowney » Fri Feb 21, 2014 09:27

Any idea what they might be?


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