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paradigm04
01-28-2009, 01:06 AM
Some of you may have read my thread on the growing pains on the tank but after a bit of research and thinking I quickly got it under control. Still doing every other day water treatments and closely monitoring the parameters but all the fish are healthy, active and their typical Mbuna turd selves...ie PITA. A blast to watch however. The tank contains 1 male Lab, 2 female labs (all juvies), 1 male Kenyii (biggest pain in the tank) and 1 female Demasoni. So far aggression is relatively in check; the labs and dem get along great, in fact the labs are like a bunch of mice as far as following each other. The kenyii has hit a recent streak of aggression, particularly at feeding, towards all of them. For the most part he leaves the labs be, but likes to chase the demasoni. There are plenty of hiding spots but the dem typically doesn't go in them for some odd reason. Usually the kenyii is hanging out in his mancave (pictured below).


Tank setup is a tad unorthodox; false driftwood and artificial plants aren't quite your typical Mbuna environment but they seem to enjoy it, particularly the demasoni and labs as they enjoy swimming in and around the plants. I will probably be adding some more rocks to the rear in the future-I found a large artificial rock setup with many hiding spots that will fit perfect however take away from some of the color in the tank. If I do add more Mbunas (undecided as of yet..they stay away from the top of the tank and I am considering experimenting with something at the top of the tank to fill it) I will probably get it. All comments are welcome; needless to say it's been a steep learning curve with these guys but it has been fun!


(click for the fullsize of each)

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somebody is pissed:
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paradigm04
01-28-2009, 01:07 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1364resize.jpg

mancave:
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1366resize.jpg

he's slowly turning more yellow (you can see it on top of his head and on his undersides):
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1370resize.jpg

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1374resize.jpg

paradigm04
01-28-2009, 01:07 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1375resize.jpg

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paradigm04
01-28-2009, 01:09 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/IMG_1381resize.jpg

Brookfish
01-28-2009, 01:13 AM
Now that's a different looking mbuna setup, nice job!
great fish and nice pics!

Red
01-28-2009, 01:15 AM
great looking tank!

invadertoast
01-28-2009, 01:16 AM
Looks good! I used to have the same gravel, still have that same cave and very similar fake driftwood lol

sandy_n
01-28-2009, 04:15 AM
Tank looks great. Nice pics.

Deleted User
01-28-2009, 01:36 PM
That looks so different to the standard mbuna set up's I have seen. Great set up great pics and very nice fish. thumbs2:

paradigm04
01-28-2009, 04:58 PM
Appreciate the comments. It is very different from most Mbuna setups--mostly because I wasn't intending on going the Mbuna route but wanted a colorful tank. The biggest change I think from typical is the plants, you don't see that often in African tanks (at least as heavily as mine). It's funny, the tank is more South American then African but they seem happy. A few more hiding spots and some sand substrate mix and they'll be happy I think.

Wild Turkey
01-28-2009, 05:07 PM
Love the tank, great shots as well!thumbs2:

paradigm04
02-04-2009, 02:56 AM
Updated pictures...I have reorganized my main tank and if you kept up with my "Emergency kenyi problem" thread you probably read up on my punkass kenyi causing problems. Well I like him too much to get rid of him and decided instead of finding more females of his size I would go for a 10 gallon for him for now. So below are the pictures of my new additions. Tanks now include:

26 gallon bowfront:
-1 3" Male demasoni
-1 1.5" male yellow lab
-2 1" female yellow labs
-1 4" male red zebra
-1 4" female auratus
-1 2.5" female auratus

10 gallon "timeout tank":
-1 3.5" male kenyi juvie (slowly transforming)

The demasoni is very photogenic and he has always been curious so pictures of him are easy. The red zebra is gorgeous-a light pink with a nice blue iridescent hue but camera shy-nosy every other time. The auratus is the same way..usually up in my face but not around the camera. The kenyi, well he's a punk and doesn't like taking pictures but I did my best.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/fish%202/IMG_1383resize.jpg
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/fish%202/IMG_1386resize.jpg
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paradigm04
02-04-2009, 02:57 AM
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paradigm04
02-04-2009, 02:57 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/fish%202/IMG_1402resize.jpg
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paradigm04
02-04-2009, 02:58 AM
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m293/paradigm04/fish/fish%202/IMG_1413resize.jpg
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lobsternoob
02-04-2009, 04:39 AM
Tank setup is a tad unorthodox; false driftwood and artificial plants aren't quite your typical Mbuna environment but they seem to enjoy it, particularly the demasoni and labs as they enjoy swimming in and around the plants. I will probably be adding some more rocks to the rear in the future-I found a large artificial rock setup with many hiding spots that will fit perfect however take away from some of the color in the tank. If I do add more Mbunas (undecided as of yet..they stay away from the top of the tank and I am considering experimenting with something at the top of the tank to fill it) I will probably get it. All comments are welcome; needless to say it's been a steep learning curve with these guys but it has been fun!


I like a tank that is a "tad unorthodox" Looks good to me! I wouldn't worry much either about taking away some color from the tank. Your cichlids add A LOT of color anyway.

kaybee
02-04-2009, 12:20 PM
...Tanks now include:

26 gallon bowfront:
-1 3" Male demasoni
-1 1.5" male yellow lab
-2 1" female yellow labs
-1 4" male red zebra
-1 4" female auratus
-1 2.5" female auratus
....
10 gallon "timeout tank":
-1 3.5" male kenyi juvie (slowly transforming)
...

Thanks for posting the pics!

What is that fish with the rusty red dorsal fin, it doesn't appear to be a member of any of the species you listed.

Also, a larger tank (55gal min/75gal preferrered, plus more occupants) is definately in order.

26gal is on the small side even for mbuna's like yellow labs. The behavior that the kenyi displayed is perhaps a preview of what to expect in due time.

paradigm04
02-04-2009, 01:50 PM
I am assuming you mean the second photo from the bottom? That is the kenyi in very poor lighting. His fins currently are a golden sunflower yellow, with yellow splotches starting to appear on his underside and head. The bulbs in the tank are for goldfish so they aren't doing him any justice until I replace them.


They will all be moved to a 55 in late April- I will be moving and my friend has two 55s, and he will be adopting them from me.

Brookfish
02-04-2009, 02:09 PM
Thats a very nice set up, nice stock to!!

Northernguy
02-06-2009, 02:19 PM
Its a nice looking tank! I like it!:22: