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    Is it possible to have a tank this size with Malawi Mbuna cichlids? My roommate has a 29 with 1 yellow lab, 1 kenyi, 1 fuelleborni, 2 yo-yo loaches and a clown pleco that seems to work well. Any chance I can achieve similar luck with my 30 gal, how many should I stock/overstock ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeinzP
    Is it possible to have a tank this size with Malawi Mbuna cichlids? My roommate has a 29 with 1 yellow lab, 1 kenyi, 1 fuelleborni, 2 yo-yo loaches and a clown pleco that seems to work well. Any chance I can achieve similar luck with my 30 gal, how many should I stock/overstock ?
    Umm, that tank is not likely to work out well in the long run. I would not recommend mbuna in anything less than a 4' long tank. Look at dwarf cichlids, shellies, or julies instead.
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    The funny thing about cichlids is you can take those fish and move them to your tank and it might not work. With africans you sometimes just have to try something and see if it works. I would say no smaller than a 75 gal. for what u want though, just my opinion.

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    How big are your friend's cichlids and how long has he had them?
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    All of his cichlids are about 4"-5" and been housed together for about 2 years now, there was some initial aggressiveness and perhaps one death. Now they all seem to get along fine. If I were to attempt a similar set up how many should I house to start with? Or not even bother with the set up?

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    Don't even bother imo. Might as well set up a successful tank with something else or go with a 4' tank for mbuna. I am very surprised it is working for your friend, though that could change overnight.
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    I think I might try going with a few Lake Tanganyika species that are a bit smaller. Although I'm not to familiar with any of them, any suggestions??? My tank already houses a Kribensis and 10 tiger barbs, I'm willing to part with the barbs though. Help Please!

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    one of my buddies has a 29 with at least 8 malawi/african cichlids in it. They seem to all be doing fine at this stage of their life. Stocking is a tricky thing for me as I've seen appropriately stocked tanks fail while seemingly overstocked tanks thrive.
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    Mbuna should never be in a tank under 40G, unless-

    They are juvies
    or-There are like 3 of them
    or- you want to see them fight to the death.

    It will be a matter of time. They get about 6"-8". At about 3-5" is when they start getting mean. It will happen overnight usaully.

    Bad bad idea IMO.

    Smaller cichlids, totally, go for it, but not Mbuna.
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    i agree mbuna are very active, territorial fish that like longer tanks. i started with a 80 gallon keeping mbuna now i have a 135 . although alot of people have 55's with mbuna i would suggest no smaller than a 75 for these guys

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