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Thread: A good african cichlid setup in a 40g tank for a newb to cichlid keeping?

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    Default A good african cichlid setup in a 40g tank for a newb to cichlid keeping?

    I'd like to know of a good tank setup for non-agressive african cichlids?
    I'd also like to know what fish you'd put in it that live peacefully together but can also breed in a cichlid community tank?

    Does anyone have any pics of their sandstone rock setup in their tanks?

    Is my fluval 404 fine for this tank?

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    I took a long time to research and aquire the mix in my 90 - they are all Tanganyikans that would be found together in nature and are not overly aggressive - they make a great community tank!

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    90 Gallon Tanganyikan (Tang) Community: ... ..... .... Magnum350 / Emperor 400 / Penguin 1140
    6 Neolamprologus caudopunctatus
    12 Leleupis orange ( with 4 F1 1/8" fry)
    20-24 Juli marlieri orange (and 3 F1 1/4"-1/2" fry)
    2 Altolamprologus compressiceps (firefin)
    8 Paracyprichromis nigripinnis blue neons
    35+ Neolamprologus multifasciatus (and growing...... oops, there's another 10 more fry : ) )


    Oh yeah, and a big @$$ pleco about 6"

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    i heard about mbuna tanks and i am intereseted in a mbuna community tank with fish taht might breed in it any ideas?

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    Try this...I have a 40gal w/mostly dwarf Mbuna species...it works really well for me...http://cichlidforums.com/showthread....&threadid=6540
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    i really like your love shack for a 29g cd but could you give a list for a 40g "love shack" tank and can i use the filter that i am currently using for my tank of:2 bala sharks,3 neon tetras,3 female guppies,3 zebra danios,1 chinesed algae eater, and 2 rummy nose tetras for the "love shack" mnuba tank"?

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    What kind of filter? Because cichlids are a lot messier than your typical tropicals, you will probably need to get additional filtration for that 40gal...My 40 (for example) has a Emporer 280 and an AC200 and a AC802 reversed to a ugf and a no name powerhead of the other side...

    Just shoot for 10-14 dwarve Mbuna in that 40gal...
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    but could u give me a list please because i don't want to waste money and the n screw up and i am using a fluval 404.

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    Now, come on shmoof...If I did that then it would be my tank, and not yours!

    Do some research on "dwarf Mbuna"...(I'd try searching this forum first)...see what is and isn't working for other members...and if you have questions on things like compatibility and diet, Just Ask!

    But for your own enjoyment, make your tank YOURS!
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    would these fish do well together.
    a trio of Labeotropheus trawavasae
    a trio of labidochromis caeruleus
    a trio of melanochromis johanni
    a trio of pseudotropheus estherae
    a trio of pseudotropheus zebra

    go good in my 40g tank and if so what food should i buy for tehm and do i need to put plants in the tank.

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    Cichlids don't need live plants in the aquarium...

    That looks OK...You might have some problems with the melanochromis getting nasty...

    FYI...there have been many revisions to the taxonomic classification of these fish (it's hard to keep up with)... Recently the fish known as P. "zebras" was moved to the newer "Maylandia" genus...so you may find more info on your last two species of fish if you try searching for Maylandia estherae, and Maylandia "zebra"....

    I would feed that group of fish a spirulina based flake or pellet, occasionally supplemented with higher protein foods like Hikari Excell, or brine shrimp....
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    after doing more research seedy i think this would be the better setup for me. What do ya think?
    a trio of Labeotropheus trawavasae
    a trio of labidochromis caeruleus
    A trio of Iodotropheus sperengerae
    a trio of Pseudotropheus saulosi

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    that looks like a plan.
    one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...omigod!! a whole lotta fish!!(mbuna tank)

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    hmm now i'm hearing that Labeotropheus trawavasae are highly aggressive when kept in a tank with more then one is this true?

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    Mine are not too bad...I have them paired up with C.afras, demasoni, and they don't really cause any problems at all...but mine are still fairly young...

    Looks like you have a fine mix to me!

    Any catfish going in there?
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    i'd give the trawavasae a try. (look! a little poem... trawavasae a try... try try the trawavasae... sorry... matt's been at work too long and is getting punch drunk... )

    i think you've got a good mix going. now we just need pictures...


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