Hi guys, just getting into cichlids for the first time. I have set a tank up and its almost ready to go, just looking for some suggestions if you do not mind!
My tank is a 4ft/260L. I am really looking at Malawi as in my personal opinion they seem to be the most striking for colour. I was just wondering if anyone had a suggested stocking list for the tank that would present a very nice colour assortment and be visually appealing?
Additionally, in my research online I have seen many opinions on what to feed cichlids, rangin from pellet only diet, pellet and algae flakes, and my LFS said mix it up between frozen foods/pellets/troical flakes. Anyone care to make sense of it for me?
Cheers in advance!
I like Kribensis and these are one of the most easily found and they are generally small you could keep about 3 to 5 but they dont really like fast flowing water so that might be a complication for you. Rams are also pretty readily available at many stores and i think you might be able to keep both, i don't maintain either but I will keep reading up on them for you.As for the diet I have no idea but that sounds good but be patient and someone else might answer that one for you.
Cheers from Washington
June 28, 2008
Any Malawi experts out there? I've never kept them.
In terms of diet this depends on what Lake Malawi fish you will keep.
Take a look in the knowledge base at Mbuna or peacock species - although if you go down the mbuna route i'm pretty sure that you will be stuck with just mbuna as they are very aggressive (i.e. you couldn't mix mbuna with peacocks).
Thats about the extent of my knowledge i'm afraid!
There is a lot you can do in a four foot tank with Malawi cichlids. There is also a lot of Malawi cichlids you can keep! It would help if you could add a little bit to what you want to get out of the tank to narrow down a list. Do you want mbuna or haps? Do you want to breed the fish? Do you want any fish of a specific color?
A great beginner combo in my opinion is to find Yellow Labidochromis (Labidochromis caeruleus) and mix them with a group of Pseudotropheus sp. 'acei'. There are a few color morphs of Pseudotropheus sp. 'acei', Personally, I like the yellow tailed variety as they have very nice purple bodies with yellow tails. I think they contrast the Yellow Labidochromis nicely. Both these species are peaceful as far as mbuna go and both are easy to keep and breed.
Thanks all for the replies. I am looking more at mbuna. The main focus would be on colour and visual impact of the tank, but I wouldn't be against them playing mum and dads lol. From some reading I have got 3 in mind but I need to find my paper I wrote the names on. Will post it here and would love some feedback on the mix
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