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New 45 gallon...to be a malawi tank..companions?

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#1 sodeemama



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Posted 15 May 2005 - 01:06 AM

So far I have 3 malawi cichlids to be transfered from a 10 gallon -----> the 45 gallon. The three are anywhere between 2" to 2.5" long.

Are there any other African Cichlids that are compatible with the garden variety Malawi's?? I don't know the latin term for each of them, but if anyone could, please give me a good ratio and common name for compatible species.


PS: What are "good" tank mate(s) for a 2.5" black convict in a 29 gallon?

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 07:10 PM

could you give us a good close up pic of some of these? It is hard to tell you what, since some "garden variety" cichlids tend to be really aggressive. I can help, but I need some too...


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Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:48 PM

Mbuna go great with....well, Mbuna. If you have something else, like Peacocks, you might be able to combine with with some of the Tang rock dwellers also. Without knowing which species of Lake Malawi Cichlids you have, it would be heard to make a specific suggestion.

Synodontis catfish, although pretty rare and pricey, make good tankmates for most African cichlids too. S. petricola is my personal favorite since it stays smaller than most, is from one of the Rift Lakes, and is more active durring the day but S. angelicus is quite beautiful and adjusts easily to Rift Lake setups. Plecos can often do well in Rift Lake setups too but it depends. They don't have many problems adjusting to the water but some of the more aggressive Cichlids will eat their eyes out (which the Plecos surprisingly will do alright without) or eat the entire fish so its kind of a gamble.

Are your Convicts a pair? If so it really limits your options. You could do with a Pleco, one of the small but sturdy species like a Bristlenose would be best. Sometimes you can get away with a small school of active mid to top level fish like Tiger Barbs.

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