Possible new fish
Posted 31 March 2005 - 04:36 PM
I have a 55 gallon malawi tank (new pictures in new photo album) with many large rocks and about 650 gallons of flow an hour. Filters include a emperor 400 and a fluval 304. I also have a wisper power head to keep the poop off the sand substrate. i have changed all the rocks and layout of the tank recently and want to know what other fish i could add to my group if any at all.
my current fish include:
Pseudotropheus estherae x2
P. elongatus x2
P. flavus x1
Labidichromis carelues x2
Christmas fulu x2
I was thinkg of adding mabe 2 more fish possibly a pseudotropheus zebar B&B male and a pseudotropheus acei male. Tell me what you think and what other fish i could possibly add. Thank You
Posted 31 March 2005 - 09:11 PM
Posted 01 April 2005 - 12:51 PM
Posted 01 April 2005 - 03:43 PM
And btw pseudotropheus flavus females are grey.
Posted 04 April 2005 - 02:00 PM
If you are going to try a one sex tank, you'd be more likely to have sucess with an all ladies tank. With mbuna its pretty easy to get a really colorful tank out of all females. They are naturally less aggressive and you're less likely to have problems than if you have males. If you want to do all males, I would pull out your females now though.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 07:09 AM
Posted 08 April 2005 - 07:33 AM
to start...a one sex mbuna tank is NOT the way to go. Either male of female. It just doesn't work with mbuna due to the aggression. When it comes to mbuna I don't even worry about what the sex of my fish is.
I have a 75gallon that is haps and mbuna mixed, and it is very colorful with just 2 species of mbuna and a bunch of silver juvi haps. Yellow Labs and Ps Acei are a great combo and would make a pretty nice addition to your tank.
I think that you are trying to achieve an all male tank because you have read about people doing this with Haps and Peacocks...that is fine, because their aggression is pretty low, it doesn't work that way with mbuna.
Overcrowding a tank works because the chaser can easily lose a chaseeee. Lots of rock work can help in that situation as well...
Posted 08 April 2005 - 11:29 PM
But if you add more fish to the ones you already have, you should rearrange all the decor before you add them. All your fish are likely to gang up on the new fish. If you add more, its also better to add them in groups rather than one at a time so that the aggression is spread out over all the new fish instead of just one fish being targeted.
Adding more rockwork in ways that creates more territory works really well to cut down on aggression with pretty much any territorial fish. I just added more plants to my Betta community so that they would stop tearing each other apart and it worked almost instantly.
Posted 09 April 2005 - 08:04 AM
Right now I have a Red Finned Borlyi chasing around all the haps in my tank. I may need to figure out how to stop this before it gets bad.
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