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New to Rift Lake Cichlids, need help with stocking

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by flyingfox272, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. flyingfox272

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    I have kept and even bred fish for over 20 years but I am a noob when it comes to African RLCs. Well I am ready to take the plunge, I will be starting out with a 46gal bowfront which I have just installed a DIY 3D background on.

    I know this tank is a bit small but I will eventually be moving them into my 90gal tank when I have it set up just how I want it.(background, filtration, etc)

    So what I am looking for are Mbunas(Malawi tank) which show great colors, have a smaller adult size and are fairly easy to keep. I have been doing some research and I'm getting a little woozy since I can barely pronounce the names.

    How about P. Saulosi, Yellow Labs, and L. Caeruleus for starters? These are a few I have seen as good starters in other threads.

    Any input would be appreciated

    Thanks!
    Frank
     
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    First, never mix species that have the same colors/patterns. Female saulosi look too much like yellow Lab's. (Incidentally, L. caeruleus ARE yellow Lab's.)
    A group of 12 demasoni and some yellow Lab's would work with sufficient filtration and water changes. They're both smaller species, though the demasoni are such holy terrors among their own species that less than 10 won't work long-term.
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    Or you can do some Cynotalipia Afra's there are a couple of variants you can choose from that are nice looking, i had the white top Afra and they can be stunning, with these you could add the Yellow Labs AKA Labidochromis Caeruleus and have a nice mix..
     
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    livebearerfreak you are hypnotized! LOL

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    you posted that you wanted rift lake cichlds, and in your post you wanted malawis, think you got the title wrong lol, rift lake and malawis are two totally differnt lakes of species :) but seeing as you want malawis, why not go for what others said, 12 demasonis ( yes do NOT have less then 10...... learned the hard way, they will kill eachother tell ones left, most likly a male ) and 8 yellow labs with some smaller catfish ( cant think of the name but petrica er somthing like that? the smaller type? )

    good luck!
     
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    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    Last I checked Lake Malawi is a rift lake in Africa...

    And I think you are referring to Synodontis petricola.
     
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    lake malawi is an african rift lake....
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    LMAO Malawi and Tanganyika are both Rift Lakes Douglas, dude do i need to school you..
     
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    Thanks for the advise, demasoni look great!
     
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    Thanks Bro, these fish look great and so many variations. This is going to be a tough call.
     
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    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    LOL good luck with that my friend, its why i have 11 tanks right now..
     
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    Yep, so do I, and they keep getting bigger too. I remember back when I got my first 55, and thought it was a big tank after years of 10-29 gallon tanks. After I got the first 2 75's I began to realize what I'd been missing...
     
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    I hear you, I have a 90 gallon and a 40 gallon sitting in the basement waiting for occupants...... My wife is thrilled.
     
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    LOL no doubt it is our obsession.. My wife is the same..
     

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