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    Default New 125 gallon Mbuna stock list help

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    I've got a new tank I'm setting up, 125 gallon (6' x 18" x 24"). Here are the species I'm interested in:

    Yellow Lab (Labidochromis Caeruleus)
    Yellow Tail Acei (Pseudotropheus Acei)
    Rusty Cichlid (Iodotropheus Sprengerae)
    Red Zebra Mbuna (Pseudotropheus estherae)
    Maingano (Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos)

    Cuckoo Synodontis Synodontis multipunctatus

    If I've done my research right I believe those are all on the lower half of the mbuna aggression scale, with the red zebras perhaps being a bit more aggressive but not out of the question.

    Questions for the experts:

    1. Is five different cichlid species too much for a 6' tank? Do I need to cross one or more species off my list?
    2. How many of each should I get initially? My plan is to buy young ~1" fish and add them all at once.
    300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras, new world cichlids
    125 gallon office tank: Africian cichlids, synodontis catfih
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    Woah!!!!! Nice to see a new tank man. I am glad to have run across it. First though can I suggest a change? Mbuna are small fish and the most agressive of the 4 choices. Go peacocks. More flash, less agression, good size and show and you can do all males and not worry about breeding.

    You can put close to 60 fish in that 125 and if Mbuna you could realistically do 75 or more. Not a joke...

    Synodontis Eupterus is what I would go with personally because of the size and show they get. Also long lived and hardy.

    I would suggest getting fish in the 2in range so they can be identified for sex. If you dont do that you will be switching fish out or left with discolored fish.

    If you REALLY want to stick to Mbuna - I would suggest 15 of each fish. The sexs will weigh themselves out... and you will have breeding. You also need to do a cave scape as these arent open water swimmers. Those are more haps and haps get big.
    Last edited by Sandz; 10-15-2016 at 02:23 PM.

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