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Collin1104
03-19-2008, 03:02 AM
whats a good bottom feeder for a malawi tank???

ILuvMyGoldBarb
03-19-2008, 03:06 AM
There are some species of Synodontis that are native to Lake Malawi. I suggest you research those to find a good one. Planetcatfish has a good directory on them.

OscarFan
03-19-2008, 03:07 AM
What Size Tank do you have.

Collin1104
03-19-2008, 03:25 AM
its a 30 gallon... synodontis was what i was thinking lol i like them a little more than plecos plus my lfs has tons of different kinds!!!

ILuvMyGoldBarb
03-19-2008, 03:27 AM
Makes sure you get one of the ones that won't get to big for that tank. A lot of them do get huge and wouldn't work for your 30, but there are a number of species available and you should be able to find one that will work.

Collin1104
03-19-2008, 03:34 AM
yes, i seem to have a problem with buying rapid growing fish but ive learned after a million trips to the lfs lol but thank you for your help! im probably getting a bigger tank soon with my tax return :19: thats only if my parents allow it....

TowBoater
03-19-2008, 04:05 AM
I use a crayfish but there have been mixed experiences and feelings on using them. The safest way are synodontis.

Collin1104
03-19-2008, 04:10 AM
I use a crayfish but there have been mixed experiences and feelings on using them. The safest way are synodontis.
hmmm... i never thought about a crayfish but thats a possibility.. im gonna go to my lfs and see whats up tomorrow!! i have a five dollar coupon:19: :19:

cocoa_pleco
03-19-2008, 05:09 AM
crayfish are hit or miss, probably a miss

most syndontis catfish are best since they keep a low profile

jbeining75
03-19-2008, 12:45 PM
African cats............

TowBoater
03-19-2008, 02:32 PM
crayfish are hit or miss, probably a miss

most syndontis catfish are best since they keep a low profile


Lol I agree bud but I lucked out and got a hit!!!

Collin1104
03-19-2008, 06:00 PM
yea im gonna go with the synodontis =)

toddnbecka
03-20-2008, 05:21 AM
I'm having a hard time imagining malawi cichlids in a 30 gallon tank long-term, much less adding a group of catfish that will grow to ~4" each.

RainMan
03-20-2008, 07:33 PM
I have 2 Synodontis in my 45g... and as soon as I can.... they are going into a 100g. One is 6" and the other 8"... The 6" is only 2yrs old... And i gotta feeling both of them are going to grow bigger than that in a larger tank. But, that was just to give you and idea of their size capabilities.

Other than the size factor... they are a terrific scavenger. mbuna do not bother them and they do not bother tham. They do however get in eachothers way.

Here's my other thoughts... Malawy cichlids are okay in a 30g-55g for a short length of time... through their juvi stages and beyond (depending on the fish's age, quantity, and size). But, I'm beginning to realize the necessity for a much larger tank everyday.

Collin1104
03-21-2008, 05:35 AM
well their doing fine right now in their 30 but i guess thats cus their still small... so right now im searching for a bigger tank.. i really want to get a 75 :18:

toddnbecka
03-21-2008, 05:55 AM
You'd be much better off with a 75 for malawi cichlids, though even then you want to avoid some species like auratus.

RainMan
03-21-2008, 01:36 PM
well their doing fine right now in their 30 but i guess thats cus their still small... so right now im searching for a bigger tank.. i really want to get a 75 :18:


You'll know when they've outgrown it (nitrates will be hard to keep up with and it they will be bumping into eachother). But, you have some time. Just start thinking about that 75g.... even a 55g long would be a good move.

sailor
03-21-2008, 01:58 PM
The problem with a 55 is that they are not wide enough. Once you get your rockwork in for the hiding places and territory boundries that does not leave a lot of swimming room. Go for the 75 gal, much more room.

Collin1104
03-23-2008, 12:20 AM
well i just found a 150 gallon tank for $100 on craigslist a couple of miles from where i live!! im skeptical though cus in the ad it said great for snakes and lizards which probably means not for fish but im praying lol i just emailed the guy about it

ryant1110
05-03-2008, 10:46 PM
I have had Synodontis multipunctatus for years with my cichlids, they are an excellent fish that will actually breed at the same time as your cichlids, mixing eggs. The catfish have a tendency to hatch in the mouths of the cichlids before the fry eating them and being raised by a cichlid who has no clue. Its amazing really. Get them if you can find them.

Collin1104
05-06-2008, 02:38 AM
yea i saw that in a video about lake tanganiyka... i felt bad for the momma cichlid though... that was a long time ago lol and i decided to just get a CAE.. hes doin great