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I will be ordering my fish from you within the next 4 weeks. I will be ordering Mbunas. Is it possible to order them in pairs? They will be going into a 60gallon tank, so I plan on ordering approximately 16-20 fish.
 
Thank you
Raymond L.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Raymond. We sell Mbunas at about 1.5" to 2" total length which includes their fins in the measurement. Scientist generally use another method, called standard length, that excludes the length of the tail from their measurements.

At a total length of 2" or less, we cannot reliable determine the gender of the Mbunas in our aquariums. We can usually see a few males. But some of the young Mbunas, that look like females, are actually immature males that mature later.

When we catch the Mbunas from our aquariums to ship to our customers, we try to catch a few males and several other Mbunas that look like females, when we catch them, but may turn out later to be males.

We don't do this to keep the females for ourselves, so we can breed more Mbunas and stifle competition. We hope that you and all of our other customers are very successful at keeping and breeding Mbunas. But we cannot reliably determine the gender of all of our Mbunas, when they are only 2" long.

Incidentally, Mbunas do not form lasting pair bonds. Mbunas spawn, then the female leaves the males territory with the eggs in her mouth. The male immediately begins trying to attract females. So there is no such thing as a pair of Mbunas with a pair bond.

It's best to keep a couple of so-called breeding colonies with a few males and several females in a large aquarium with 80  or more gallons of water.

Click here to go to another page in this web site with lots of useful information about Mbunas, including the fact that they really need an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water.

Click here to read an interesting story about the Mbunas living in a large aquarium in Giselle's Restaurant many years ago.

 
 

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Aulonocara or Trematocranus species, of African Cichlid from Lake Malawi.
 
 
Mbuna female lemon Yellow from Lake Malawi with eggs in her mouth.
 
 
Plecostomus Catfish in an Aquarium.
 
 
Hello...My name in Kris, and I need some help identifying a few of the fish in my 55 gallon freshwater tank.. The first fish (attachment #1) was sold to me as an Electric Blue Hap, i'm not entirely sure about that. The second fish (attachment #2), was sold to me as the female version of the Electric Blue, however as you can hopefully see, the fish is very bright yellow.
 
The salesperson told me that the males are blue and the females are yellow, knowing very little about these specific fish, I believed this. Now that I have done a little research, this seems completely false to me.
 
Do I have two completely different fish, if so what specific types (i.e. scientific and/or common name) are they, and if they are completely different, as I believe them to be, is it possible that they could breed. I ask this, because if I didn't know better, I would swear that they have been breeding.
 
The yellow fish is clearly a mouthbrooder, and appears to have a mouthful of eggs. I observed the fish very closely, and it did appear that they were mating to me, the male dug a hole/bed, and they circled around and around each other, also, the color of the male got much brighter, only days after I added the yellow fish into the tank, and he has become fiercely territorial with the other members of the tank.
 
Lastly, I have attached 2 additional photos of the Pleco that I have in my tank. I was wondering what specific type of Pleco this is, I have been told both a Leopard Pleco, and A Sailfin Pleco, which if either one is it? Any answers would be greatly appreciated, as I am trying to breed the fish in my tank, but without knowing what type of fish they are, this has been a bit difficult.
 
Thanks so much!
Sincerly,
Kris G.
 
 
 
Reply. Hello Kris. Thank you for your email and for sending pictures of your fish.

Like you, I doubt the top fish is an Electric Blue. I think it is an Aulonocara (Peacock) species or perhaps a Trematocranus (Butterfly) species. These groups are both from Lake Malawi and have similar habits. Click here to go to another web site with a fish that looks a lot like your fish.

The yellow fish looks like an Mbuna. I can't tell just which species, but it is not the same species as your male. It is too bad that you got such bad information from the salesperson. The yellow fish does obviously have a mouthful of fry. Actually the fry are in her buccal cavity, which is kind of in her throat, and you can see it protruding in the picture above.

Mbunas often interbreed with each other to produce hybrids, like horses and donkeys can interbreed to produce mules.

Various Peacock and Butterfly species will also interbreed to produce hybrids, but it is rarer to have an Mbuna, like your yellow female, interbreed with a Peacock or Butterfly, like your male in the top picture above.

I flipped the picture of your Plecostomus Catfish over sideways, so it would fit better with the other pictures. I think this Plecostomus is what is often called a common, or regular, or Trinidad Plecostomus, which may have originally come from Trinidad in the Caribbean and is now produced in large numbers by fish farmers.

If so, we sell them. Click here to buy them and link through to more information about them.

Thanks again for your email and pictures.

 
 
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