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Offline midiadventure

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80g 5ft stocking
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:39:12 PM »
Hi all. So I have ordered my new tank. 80g us. 315litres. 58 x 16 x20 inches.
I have 17 very young saulosi already.
Ideas for good tank mates?

I'm thinking 6 cynotilapia lions cove
6 metriaclima estherae
5 acei white tail.

I will get all as juvies and take out excess males to hopefully leave around 15 dwarf mbuna and 8 larger mbuna.

Is this a good ratio of mbuna to my tank size?

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 01:35:11 AM »
i tend to stock modestly bc i dont like the look of heavily stocked tanks or the waste that comes with it. if it were me id either keep strictly saulosi, and scratch the others off the list. or keep a smaller group of saulosi and keep the other fish. when full grown 17 saulosi take up a lot of real estate. they are really active. im down to 11 from 18,(bloat) and my tank  is very lively to watch. its a tough question to answer bc people have different tastes. some people like to pack them in there, and prefer the super busy look.

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2016, 09:52:01 AM »
I would have only two species and make sure they look totally different ie I wouldn't put msobos  with the saulosi as the females look very similar maybe go trewavasae or fuelleborni they're quite interesting

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2016, 07:42:24 PM »
IMO--The Zebras (metriaclima estherae) would be too mean for the other 2 species.  I think the Lion's Cove and Acei are 2 of the meekest Mbunas around. 
I would try maybe Labs and Rustys with them, but I have seen Rustys so Psycho too.
75gal   W/T Haras, Met. Membe Deep, and Kawanga Golds
60gal   Ps. Saulosi (1M and 9F) and 1 lonely OB Peacock.

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2016, 09:56:55 AM »
Rusties are a possibility, i dont want labs because i already will have lots of yellow with the sauosi. Is this the hardest part of arfican cichlids? too many species!
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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2016, 06:58:36 PM »
IMO, Rustys would be a great idea.  Yes, it is fun to keep choosing and changing till everything works.  It took a long time for my tank to settle, and I am not sure it is settled now. 
75gal   W/T Haras, Met. Membe Deep, and Kawanga Golds
60gal   Ps. Saulosi (1M and 9F) and 1 lonely OB Peacock.

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2016, 03:58:04 PM »
Stocking ideas

Iodotropheus sprenerae - rusty 3

pseudotropheus saulosi 12

socolofi power blue - 3

cynotilapia lion sanga - 5

Tropheops sp. elongatus boadzulu Kanchedza 5

Pseudotropheus perileucos - likoma 5

dragonblood peacock 3

white labs 5

The numbers are just an idea, not set in stone and i dont intend to get all of these fish. Mostly different species apart from the two pseudotropheus.

Does anyone have any experience with any of these fish, all under 4 inches apart from labs, socolofi, rustys and maybe the peacocks.

Bear in mind i already have the saulosi.

Is there a really solid combination out of these lot?

I like the idea of 12 saulosi, 10 lions, 5 boadzulu (not very hardy?) 5 rustys and 3 dragonbloods as all the females will be different colours to help prevent crossbreeding of the species.

This should give some great variety of blues, whites, yellows and of course red.

Ideas please, thanks  :thumbup

2 weeks till new tank is ready :(




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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2016, 06:15:11 PM »
its really up to you in the end, personally i wouldnt mix peacocks with mbuna. and 30 plus adult fish in an 80g is too over stocked for my taste. but we all have different tastes. id go really heavy with filtration and water circulation with a bio load like that.

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Re: 80g 5ft stocking
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2016, 06:51:49 PM »
Iodotropheus sprenerae - Nice and generally peaceful fish.  Cannot think of another fish with it's color.

pseudotropheus saulosi ---Love this fish, but resent Bloat killed my only males. 

socolofi power blue - Almost a Cobalt Blue Zebra (Not quite as mean, nor pretty as a zebra, but close).

cynotilapia lion sanga - --Never had

Tropheops sp. elongatus boadzulu Kanchedza --Never had

Pseudotropheus perileucos - Never had

dragonblood peacock--Meaner then most Peacocks, may be able to handle some Mbunas

white labs 5---Beautiful fish.  I prefer this fish for "White" over Albinos.
75gal   W/T Haras, Met. Membe Deep, and Kawanga Golds
60gal   Ps. Saulosi (1M and 9F) and 1 lonely OB Peacock.