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Does anyone have any mixed lake tanks? What do you have in them? What problems did you encounter?

 

What would you put in a 55g mixed lake omnivore tank?

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Hi Snatched,

It kind of depends what you want. I would do an all male show tank with 1 or 2 Peacocks and maybe a Copadichromis azureus or borleyi from Malawi, a species 44 from Victoria, Maybe an Altolamprologus compressiceps or calvus and a leleupi or one of the other lamprologines and a Synodontis from Tanganyika. I think this would make a beautiful and interesting tank.

 

Just my thoughts though :D

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I wanted to do an all male show tank but everyone keeps telling me that it will be too aggressive and, without females to show for, none of the fish will look any good.

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You've seen my pictures. Do you think my fish look good? I don't have females ( with the exception of two fish I do want to breed: Placidocromis sp. "Blue Otter" & Lethrinops furcifer).

 

What I do is I buy already colored-up males(adults, not hormoned) because once they color up only rarely will they loose their color.

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Awesome, you just made my day! Everyone online wants to tell you everything that won't work, even though they've never tried it. Are your fish more aggressive than normal or did you have stock more lightly?

 

I was thinking about the following fish:

 

Julidochromis transcriptus

Chalinochromis brichardi masked

Copadichromis sp. mlotto midnight

Placidochromis phenochilus

Astatotilapia latifasciata

Altolamprologus calvus

Some sort of peacock(s)

3 Synodontis petricola

Maybe some Cyprichromis leptosoma

And my three Yellow Labs...which I think are all males...but one is questionable.

 

Or some sort of combination of those fish. Haven't really figured it out yet. I also want to try to sneak a Cynotilapia afra in there, I heard they are more of a omnivore than other mbuna and I like the Blue & Blue one Armke's has.

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I would do something similar...a species #44 and a ruby green would be good additions, since lake Victoria needs some representation. Maybe a Christmas Fulu...I think those are beautiful...I think that an Obliquidan would be too aggressive...

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Are Victorians harder to keep colored up? Thats what I keep reading and thats why I've sort of ignored them. I like the H. sp. Salmon Hippo Point, H. sp. Crimson Tide, Paralabidochromis chromogynos Zue Island, Pundamilia nyererei Ndurwa Point Black & Orange, and the Christmas Fulu that Armke's sells but I haven't really read up on any of them.

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I don't think they are. My Christmas Fulu always has color. Even when he is stressed after I turn the light on he is still colored up. And I have seen juvi Zebra Obliqidans with red and yellow in them.

 

Jeff

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honestly...no...I have just been winging it through my website brousing.

 

http://www.mongabay.com/fish/data/ecosyste...%20Victoria.htm

This one has a species list and brief descriptions of the species in Lake Victoria including all the cichlids. Nothing on how to keep them.

 

http://www.chrisaugusta.com/Printshop/Cich...chlidsMore.html

and this looks like some good info as well...

 

Jeff

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sorry about the last link i posted...it is an art gallery, which may be of interest but is way off topic for the thread.

 

I don't see any reason why people have problems getting Victorians to color up...I have had more of an issue with my Ps Polit than my XMas Fulu...

 

Jeff

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