Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food

User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Fitchburg, MA
    Posts
    10

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Default New Pseudotropheus Crabro (Bumblebee Cichlid) Set Up


    0 Not allowed!
    I have a 55 Gallon tank I'd like to re-create to focus on the Pseudotropheus Crabro (Bumblebee/Hornet Cichlid).

    This is the idea I have now. I want to use slate to create tons of caves, tunnels, and flat rocks for them. I currently have gravel, but think they would enjoy sand better. Using the slate, I want to create like a second layer.... so half of my tank (like the left half) would actually have another "bottom" with substrate about half way up. This splitting makes me think I should stick with gravel, as I believe sand would fall off.. ?

    I'd like to kinda re-create their natural environment. I guess my main ques tion is.... what kind of catfish can I get that I will have the most likely success rate of spawning and living in peace with the Bumblebees? I understand in the wild the bumblebee will guard catfish and even pick off parasites. Upon catfish spawning, they change to their more aggressive black color and eat the eggs. I want to create that.

    I have a feeling 55G might just be too small to accomplish this...

    This is the basic basic idea of slate work. I think I want to keep the driftwood where it is and build around/on top of..

    <img src="http://onfinite.com/libraries/1470037/944.jpg" />

    This is the inspiration for the right side of my tank, but on a smaller scale...

    <img src="http://www.aquahobby.com/tanks/img/801_Mike_1.jpg" />
    Peace is a lie; there is only passion.
    Through passion, I gain strength.
    Through strength, I gain victory.
    Through victory, my chains are broken.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    5,109

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    For showing the beauty of fish perfectly x - Fishalicious   Congratulations on your photo award! - fins_n_fur   very helpful member - Lady Hobbs   thanks for all the help - Cassandra   I didn't give you a gift yet?! Well here you go. - Tolley   
    Autism - Brookfish   Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - Brookfish   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Hi Bane, the links you posted don't work for me, I have never kept
    the bumble bee (Hornet) cichlid but I gather that they are a very aggressive
    mbuna, I just did a bit of research on them and I have to say they have
    beautiful colouration. I'd love to see your tank plan if you can get a link to work.
    Mike!

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Cape May,New Jersey
    Posts
    2,230

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    No Message - Sharkman   not exactly chloroform but close enough - wolf_eyes   For the tank!lol - Northernguy   Thanks for saving me from an ass whoopin'! - rageybug   Happy Easter! - Northernguy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Here is the OP's pictures. Well, the first one because the 2nd one will not link correctly with [img] tags.


    Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Fitchburg, MA
    Posts
    10

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    http://www.aquahobby.com/tanks/img/801_Mike_1.jpg

    Copy/Paste that into your browser.

    The more I mull this idea over in my head, I've pretty much convinced myself that 55G is simply not enough space to keep the Hornets and Catfish together with the relationship I'd like to see. I think I'll drop the catfish and just stick with the bumblebees.
    Peace is a lie; there is only passion.
    Through passion, I gain strength.
    Through strength, I gain victory.
    Through victory, my chains are broken.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    5,109

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    For showing the beauty of fish perfectly x - Fishalicious   Congratulations on your photo award! - fins_n_fur   very helpful member - Lady Hobbs   thanks for all the help - Cassandra   I didn't give you a gift yet?! Well here you go. - Tolley   
    Autism - Brookfish   Breast Cancer - Birth Parents - Brookfish   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Link still dosn't work bud, but like you say maybe sticking
    with the bumblebees will work out best.
    Mike!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    eastern panhandle of West Virginia
    Posts
    817

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    welcome to AC - Lady Hobbs   Merry Christmas :) - squirt_12   Giving out great advice. - RainMan   Thanks for the kind words! - Brookfish   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    I have mbuna which the bumblebee or crabro is but have never kept the bumblebees. From what I understand about them, they are a very aggressive mbuna and get to be pretty big 8". I'm not sure a 55g. is really big enough for them once they are full grown. How many do you have?

    I think I'd trade them in for another species or get a bigger tank. The bristlenose pleco does ok with mbuna if you add the pleco and mbuna at the same time when the mbuna are young. If you try to add a pleco to adult mbuna that aren't use to them in the tank, it usually doesn't go to well. I've read of alot people saying their mbuna ate the eyes out of their plecos.
    Dixie
    ________________
    55g. mainly malawi mbuna

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •