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The Mbunas
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

Hello:
 
I just recently moved to another state and I'm getting ready to set up my aquarium again. Here's the scoop:
 
180 gal. fresh water aquarium
 
I have Mbunas Cichlids (currently they are in a 29 gal. aquarium so I could make the move with the 180 gal. aquarium).
My current fish are in the 3" to 5" range and have done very well over the past year and some have paired up to produce babies.
 
Questions:
 
1.) How many fish of this type can be accommodated in a 180 gal. aquarium?
 
2.) Do you suggest only 1/4" of substrate? I have more than that but the fish have done great.
 
3.) My aquarium started growing a VERY THICK green covering on the substrate right before I broke it down for the move.
 
Is this because I have too much rocks as a substrate. I have very small white pebbles as the substrate with various
rocks, "holey" rocks, slat rock, etc. sitting on top of the substrate. I didn't have the tank set up with direct sun light and my
aquarium lights were turned off at night, etc.
 
4.) Is there any other fish, etc. that I can place in with my Mbunas in the 180 gal. aquarium? Loaches, Botias, bottom dwellers,
etc.?
 
Notes about my aquarium: 180 gal. All Glass Aquarium by Oceanic with 3/4" glass. The back corners are sectioned off and water from the aquarium flows into these corners and filters down into an Oceanic 70 gal. sump aquarium underneath which continues on with the filtering process by the water flowing onto bio balls, water then goes to the middle section and runs over the charcoal filter media and then flows into a 3rd compartment and then is finally pumped back out to the aquarium ($700 for the sump pump but I haven't regretted it). Since this is a reef ready tank I don't use floating fish food. I use sinking pellets and frozen brine shrimp. Does overfeeding of brine shrimp cause this green covering to grow?
 
5.) Also, the 2nd aquarium (temporary home for fish during the move) is a 29 gal. aquarium ... I was hoping to try something different in this aquarium - just a new venture. Rather than going with salt water I thought I would stick with fresh water. Isn't there a "puffer" that can be in fresh water aquariums? Do you sell sting rays or anything else that may be a little on the exotic or rare side that would be good for a 29 gal.?
 
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. I WILL DEFINITELY PURCHASE FROM YOU AS I HAVE RESEARCHED YOUR COMPANY RATINGS, CUSTOMER COMMENTS, ETC. WHEN I HEAR BACK FROM YOU I WILL BE PLACING AN ORDER ASAP. THANKS AGAIN!
 
Roger E.
Bellevue, NE
 
     
Reply. Hello Roger. Thank you for the interesting details about your aquariums. I'll answer them from (1) to (5), as you listed them in your email.
 
1. About 1" of Mbuna fish per gallon of water usually works well. Most Mbunas will grow to about 5" and need about 5-gallons of water. 180 divided by 5 is 36, so you could keep about 36 such fish in your 180 aquarium.
 
We have kept just about this number of Mbunas in this size aquarium. So our our experience confirms this calculation. Click here to read about an interesting large aquarium with Mbunas.
 
The ad below links to this advertiser.
PhytoPlankton Plus - Flake Food from Brine Shrimp Direct with special ingredients for fish such as Malawi Cichlids, many Catfish, Bala sharks, gouramis, Barbs, Loaches, and marine fish such Angelfish and Tangs. Click on this ad to learn more about PhytoPlankton Plus.
 
     
2. Mbunas should have a maximum of 1/4" of the so-called #2 aquarium gravel. Do not use small gravel or sand, which will trap more particles of waste.
 
Long ago we raised millions of Mbunas in large aquariums with no gravel. It was very simple and very effective. But a layer of gravel 1/4" thick does little harm, and many people decide a thin layer of gravel looks much better than having no gravel.
 
More than 1/4" of gravel is risky for Mbunas, which are susceptible to bloat, and in our experience dirty gravel definitely increases the risk of Mbunas getting bloat.
 
3. The green algae in your aquarium is a sure sign that your water had too much dissolved fish waste. Thick gravel usually causes this problem. The waste is in the gravel and dissolves into the water. The algae is unsightly, but more importantly it indicates poor water quality.
 
Click here for more about how to deal with this problem.
 
4. Most types of fish cannot survive with Mbunas, because the Mbunas are very aggressive, but Loaches can usually survive with Mbunas.
 
Loaches are from Asia, and to me they look out of place with Mbunas, which are from Lake Malawi in East Africa. I prefer Synodontis Catfish.
 
Click here for more about Synodontis Catfish.
 
White Tip Shark Catfish are also good tank mates for Mbunas. Click here for more about them.
 
5. Yes we sell a wonderful puffer fish called a Dwarf Freshwater Puffer.
 
Click here for more about this puffer and other types of Pufferfish.
 
We do not sell stingrays, because they are illegal here, but they may be legal in your state. They are usually much too large for a 29-gallon aquarium.
     
Click here to go to another page in this web site with a short story about a beautiful aquarium with Mbunas that was in a restaurant named Giselle's many years ago.
     
Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to listen to a Special Show titled "Mbuna Cichlids", an MP3-PodCast, hosted by The Bailey Brothers on Pet Fish Talk.
   
Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to listen to a Special Show titled "Mbunas Spawning", an MP3-PodCast, hosted by The Bailey Brothers on Pet Fish Talk.
   
Pet Fish Talk a Podcast about keeping pet fish in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds.  
Click here to listen to a Special Show titled "Malawi Bloat", an MP3-PodCast, hosted by The Bailey Brothers on Pet Fish Talk.
     
Click here to go to another page in this web site with a short story about a beautiful aquarium with Mbunas that was in a restaurant named Giselle's many years ago.
     
 
The ad below links to this advertiser.
Hikari USA. Let Your Cichlids Be The Judge Of Our Nutritional Excellence. Click on this image to learn more.
 
     
Click here to go to another page in this web site with a short story about a beautiful aquarium with Mbunas that was in a restaurant named Giselle's many years ago.
   
 
 
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