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Page 4 about
The Mbuna Cichlids
From Lake Malawi in East Africa
This page contains Customer Comments and our Replies about the Mbunas that live in Lake Malawi in East Africa. Click here to go back to the previous page in this discussion.
 

Customer Comments

 
Hi I just noticed one of my African cichlids is mouth brooding eggs. It is the only fish of its species in the aquarium. I don't even know if what kind of cichlid it is (it was bought from an "assorted" tank). It doesn't look like any fish I've seen on your website, or any book, or any other website.
 
It is mostly black with one grayish horizontal stripe and yellow tipped fins. It is about 4 inches long (including its tail). It is in a 40-gallon tank with one 9 inch plecostomos, 5 Lemon yellows, one female auratus, a few other African cichlids, and 2 clown loaches. I have a Penquin 330 and do large water changes (40-60%-I know you recommend only 20%, but I haven't had any fish die, and they seem to love the larger changes) around once a week.
 
I haven't done a water change for about 2 weeks, and today I noticed the eggs. I want to know if you think their is a chance that the eggs are fertilized even though there are no other fish of the same species. Also, when will the eggs hatch (if they do)? And, what do I feed the fry? Do I have to have baby brine shrimp, or will crushed flake work?
 
Will the babies survive in the tank, and would I have to turn the filter off so they don't get sucked in to it? Should I take the mother and put her in another tank separately away from the other? ( I have a spare 23 gallon tank, with out a filter) If I do, what kind of filter should I use? One more question: On your website, it says not to feed mbuna worms. Why? I have fed a few freeze-dried bloodworms.
 
Thanks!
Natalie F.
 
     
Reply. Hello Natalie. Thank you for the details about your aquarium and your female mouth brooder that just spawned in your aquarium.
 
It sounds to me like your female is an Mbuna Cichlid. Click here to read more about the group of fish called Mbunas.
 
Mbunas are notorious for cross breeding. I think any two species oft Mbuna will cross breed. So your female may have spawned with one of your other Mbunas like a male Lemon Yellow.
 
When your female releases the babies from her mouth, you can feed them powdered food. Click here to read about how to make your own powdered food. The Mbuna babies are always very big for baby fish, and they can immediately eat the finely powdered food.
 
Actually freeze dried blood worms are not worms. They are the larvae of midge flies, and they make a good treat for Mbunas. But don't feed your Mbunas too many. Just feed a few as dessert.
     
 
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Customer Comments

 
a few months ago i ordered several malawi cichlids from you guys and was very pleased with them. i plan on ordering some more fish in the next week, but i had a couple questions.
 
1. do you have any Pseudotropheus minutus?  if so about how large can they get? ( i saw some on  your web page, but not in the for sale secion)
 
2. on the off off chance do you have any Pseudotropheus ater? formerly elongatus black (my wife wants some :) but i have no idea where im going to find them)
 
thanks in advance for any info/help
Boone
 
ps. the fish we order from you gets here to alabama in much better shape then any fish we can buy locally.  thanks for the great service.
 
     
Reply. Hello. We do not have any Pseudotropheus minutus, ater, or elongatus in stock now. We were glad to read that the fish you ordered from us are doing well in your aquarium. Thanks again.
     
 
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Customer Comments

 
I am establishing a Malawi Cichlid tank and have hit upon an appealing way to anchor silk and/or plastic plants in the thin gravel layer.
 
I don't know if it is an original idea or not but it looks great. I first remove them from the usually ugly bases they come on. On wax paper, put down a layer of silicone about an eighth inch thick and about 1 1/2 square.
 
On this place three or four strips of the metal plant weights and cover with another layer of silicone. When set you can punch holes in the silicone and inset and arrange the plant any way you want.
 
If you carefully put another layer of silicone on top around the plant stalks it will anchor the plants and allow you to cover the whole thing with the gravel you are using which will stick to the silicone.
 
Snip off the protruding stalks underneath and seal with silicone and you are all set.
 
I commend and thank you for a fantastic web site---
 
Peter
 
 
Reply. Hello Peter. Thank you for the details about your idea, and thank you for your complimentary comment.
     
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Click here to listen to a Special Show titled "Mbuna Cichlids", an MP3-PodCast, hosted by The Bailey Brothers on Pet Fish Talk.
   
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Click here to listen to a Special Show titled "Mbunas Spawning", an MP3-PodCast, hosted by The Bailey Brothers on Pet Fish Talk.
   
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