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    Hi everyone,
    I am looking into starting a 65 gallon mbuna tank. I have been researching how many fish can be placed in the tank and have found a few different answers but I am hoping someone is able to share any experience they have had with the fish I am looking at.

    Here are the fish I am hoping to stock:
    Mbunas (even mix of three species):
    Yellow labs
    Red zebras
    1 more, open to suggestions.

    Catfish:
    Syno. Petricola

    I am wondering if any one has suggestions on how many of each would work or if any one sees issues/problems with the species I have chosen so far.

    Additional info:
    The tank will get weekly water changes and I am leaning toward a filter that can be used in tanks up to 90 gallons.

    Thanks!

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    Please let me know too if any additional info is needed to help. Again, I don't have the tank yet, in planning/research stage but I can give more info on what I am planning on getting.

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    Rocksor knows alot about cichlids, hopefully he'll chime in for you...I've never kept cichlids
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    I would recommend a tank that is at least 48" in length (55gal, 75gal) over the 36" 65gal (more tank length factors into mbuna aggression reduction).

    Include lots of rock work to break lines of sight and provide hiding spots (part of the equation to reducing mbuna aggression). You could go with 3 species in gender ratio's of one male per several females per species). I'd probably start with the semi-aggressive (yellow labs, etc) or peaceful (yellow-tail acei) species, and perhaps some rusties.
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    A third type of mbuna could be some type of afra. They would get along with your other choices well. you will have to put about double the filtering on than your planning. A good stocking on that size tank would be 8 of each of the 3 types of fish.(24 total) lots of rocks and weekly water changes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee View Post
    I would recommend a tank that is at least 48" in length (55gal, 75gal) over the 36" 65gal (more tank length factors into mbuna aggression reduction).

    Include lots of rock work to break lines of sight and provide hiding spots (part of the equation to reducing mbuna aggression). You could go with 3 species in gender ratio's of one male per several females per species). I'd probably start with the semi-aggressive (yellow labs, etc) or peaceful (yellow-tail acei) species, and perhaps some rusties.
    I was looking at a 55 gallon 48” originally but I was also wondering about the width of the tank. The width of a 55 is 13” while the width of the 65 is 18”. I figured it would give me more room to place larger rock work and create caves. Specifically, I was looking at the Aqueon 65 arch but it looks like I may have to revisit my 55 gallon research.

    Thanks for the recommendations on fish as well. I have a pretty good fish store that actually labels each of the cichlids rather than just placing them in an assorted tank so I will have to see if they have the ones you mentioned. I know they do have the yellow labs but unsure about the other two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fissh View Post
    A third type of mbuna could be some type of afra. They would get along with your other choices well. you will have to put about double the filtering on than your planning. A good stocking on that size tank would be 8 of each of the 3 types of fish.(24 total) lots of rocks and weekly water changes.
    Nice, I’ll look into the fish. I am planning on keeping males and females for each of the three with a ratio of at least 2:1. If I wanted to add in the catfish as well, should I decrease the number of each type to 6 or 7 rather than 8? (6 of each of the three Mbuna, and 6 catfish?)

    Thanks for the advice on filtration. I was thinking about adding a canister filter in as well, have just started research on that. I wasn’t thrilled with the filter that came with my last tank so looking to find a completely new option for filtration and starting from scratch there.

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    The numbers of mbuna do not require adjustment in relation to the number of catfish added, since mbuna numbers work to counter-balance mbuna aggression. However adding six synodontis catifish will contribute to the bioload of the tank.
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    the cats aren't really needed, unless you have to have them. a multipunctatus cat would be a better choice, it gets larger and is more able to defend it self. I would get the 65 gallon. The filtering I would use on a 65 is 2 sunsun 304B on a 65 gallon, I run 22 of them and am quite happy with they're performance.

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    Ok cool. Maybe I will pass on the catfish for now then until the Mbuna-only tank is more established. This might be easier too since the Mbuna selection at my store is greater than the cat fish selection.

    I did do some additional research on the 55 gallon. I have room for either a 65 gallon or 55 gallon so space isn’t an issue. I’m guessing go down to 6 or 7 of each if I decide to go with the 55?

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