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Old 10-09-2015, 11:26 PM   #1
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I've recently acquired a fifty gallon aquarium and have been humming and hawing over what type of fish I want to stock it with. I am currently considering the possibility of stocking the tank with Mbuna cichlids. I have, however, never owned cichlids before and have quite a bit to learn. After browsing Big Als today, these are the fish that caught my eye the most:

Electric Yellow Cichlid
Snow White Socoloffi (Pseudotropheus socolofi)
Yellow Tail Acei
Electric Blue Johanni

What do I need to know about these fish? Would I be able to fit all of them into a 50 gallon? How many of each species is best? Any input on this would be great.

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Here a few recommendations from Cichlid Forum.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_55g.php

Smaller, Less Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 3 species (max 12 fishes):
Metriaclima estherae
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
Labidochromis chisimulae
Iodotropheus sprengerae
Cynotilapia afra
Do not mix any Labidochromis species.

Larger, More Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 2 groups (max 10 fishes):
Labeotropheus trewavasae
Melanochromis johanni
Tropheops tropheops
Pseudotropheus elongatus
Metriaclima pyrsonotos

Be very careful filling a tank with Mbuna that will interbreed. Follow the instructions above and you should be ok.
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Here a few recommendations from Cichlid Forum.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_55g.php

Smaller, Less Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 3 species (max 12 fishes):
Metriaclima estherae
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
Labidochromis chisimulae
Iodotropheus sprengerae
Cynotilapia afra
Do not mix any Labidochromis species.

Larger, More Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 2 groups (max 10 fishes):
Labeotropheus trewavasae
Melanochromis johanni
Tropheops tropheops
Pseudotropheus elongatus
Metriaclima pyrsonotos

Be very careful filling a tank with Mbuna that will interbreed. Follow the instructions above and you should be ok.
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Really appreciate that link. Thanks Paul.
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Here a few recommendations from Cichlid Forum.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_55g.php

Smaller, Less Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 3 species (max 12 fishes):
Metriaclima estherae
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "Perlmutt"
Labidochromis chisimulae
Iodotropheus sprengerae
Cynotilapia afra
Do not mix any Labidochromis species.

Larger, More Aggressive Mbuna Aquarium

Select any 2 groups (max 10 fishes):
Labeotropheus trewavasae
Melanochromis johanni
Tropheops tropheops
Pseudotropheus elongatus
Metriaclima pyrsonotos

Be very careful filling a tank with Mbuna that will interbreed. Follow the instructions above and you should be ok.
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Very helpful thank you Y2K!
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