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artemisblossom
04-10-2009, 03:31 AM
I have an empty 55 gal tank that I was thinking of making into some kind of cichlid tank. I want a very colorful and livley tank. I like the look of convicts, and when I went into the pet store today they had several tanks with various fish in them all labeled african cichlids. I am pretty sure the yellow ones were electric yellow labs but I may have been mistaken and they had fish of a similar body structure but different colors. Can anyone post possible stocking suggestions? I already have angels and rams so I am not interested in those for this tank.

cocoa_pleco
04-10-2009, 05:17 AM
i would say 10 mbuna

s72450
04-10-2009, 11:39 AM
Can I be dumb and ask what a mbuna is? I know the various types of chiclids and I keep seeing this name mentioned. What fish is it?

Sharon
04-10-2009, 11:53 AM
African cichlids...just google Mbuna....:ssmile:

s72450
04-10-2009, 12:26 PM
Thanks yet again Sharon. :)

ko4000
04-10-2009, 03:26 PM
Ditto. If a colorful and lively tank is what your after, Mbuna all the way! Make sure you do your research on stocking.

Check your PM.

bushwhacker
04-10-2009, 11:23 PM
yep most of the time when you see a tank labled african cichlids your looking at mbuna (pronounced Buna) get yourself some crushed coral for the substrate lots of rocks and a few pieces of gnarly wood... and lots of fish its actually better to be a bit overstocked on a mbuna tank as it dilutes the aggression

cocoa_pleco
04-11-2009, 01:23 AM
(pronounced Buna)

isnt it pronounced Umboona?

ko4000
04-11-2009, 01:34 AM
Ive heard it pronouned both ways.... Both are acceptable

Wild Turkey
04-11-2009, 02:12 AM
Yea its a lake, right?

Cameron
04-11-2009, 02:17 AM
Yea its a lake, right?

Lake Malawi is the lake, Mbuna means "rock dwelling"thumbs2:

artemisblossom
04-11-2009, 03:31 AM
Thanks for the replies. I think that is a great idea, I am going to research the fish and start looking for rocks to make a good tank set up .

ko4000
04-11-2009, 04:13 AM
Awesome dude, did you check out that link I PMed you? Lookin forward to see what you do. FYI Texas Holey Rock or Lace Rock look killer in an Mbuna tank!! Good luck and keep us posted!

Cameron
04-11-2009, 04:16 AM
Thanks for the replies. I think that is a great idea, I am going to research the fish and start looking for rocks to make a good tank set up .

Thats what i originally wanted to do with my 55 but i didn't want to have to extra bother of aggression and grouping.