Photo Caption:55 Gallon Lake Malawi Mbuna Set-up. This is my favorite tank to watch! Rocks are Lava Rock, and a couple big river rocks underneath for stability. I have black PVC “caves” under all the rocks and two pieces hanging at the back corners as hideouts for females. There are also a couple fake plants for color. Substrate is play sand. I add an African Cichlid buffer with each water change to keep the pH at a steady 8.2. Fish are: Electric Yellow Labs (Labidochromis Caeruleus), Red Zebras (Metriaclima Estherae), Pseudotropheus Yellow Tail Acei, Ice Blue (Metriaclima Greshakei), Labidochromis Hongi, and a Rainbow Shark. African Mbuna will thrive and be happy with the right set-up: a high pH, a lot of rocks and caves and all fish at similar aggression levels. When they are happy they do not hide, they are constantly busy and will spawn all the time.
Description: 30 Gallon: Community Tank with Bolivian Rams & assorted tank mates 55 Gallon: Lake Malawi African Mbuna Cichlids. 10 & 20 Gallon: holds fry and holding females
Advice: Read all you can about a type of fish you are thinking about. Do your research first!! Don't just buy on impulse, you may very well regret it. ALWAYS remember, those small fish you bring home will grow up someday, so take that into account. Use adult size when filling a tank, not the size they are right from the store. No, you cannot keep community fish with African cichlids! They may all get along now, but when the cichlids reach maturity they WILL kill off the community fish!
Fish Kept: 30 Community Tank: 2 Bolivian Rams, 2 African Dwarf Frogs, 2 Oto Cats, 4 Cory's, groups of Zebra Danios, Neon Tetras, Rummy Nose Tetras, and a Mystery Snail.
55 Gallon African Mbuna Tank.
* 2m/2F Labidochromis caeruleus (Electric Yellow Labs)
* 1m/4F Metriaclima estherae (Red Zebra)
* 1M/4F Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
* 1M/3F Lab. Permutts
* 1M Labidochromis sp. "Hongi" (SRT)
**10 & 20 gallon tanks: Assorted fry from Bolivian Rams and African Mbunas.
Corals/Plants: Amazon Swords, Melon Swords, Java Firms and Java Moss. Christmas Moss, Hornwort, Wisteria, Onion plant, and many others I cannot remember the names.
Quote: **Living in the past is the only prison that will prevent you from soaring into an abundant future**
About Yourself: My son gave me a 20 gallon tank 2 years ago and that grew into a 55 gallon Lake Malawi Mbuna set-up, and a 30 gallon planted community set-up and 2 fry tanks. I really enjoy watching the interactions and parenting behaviors of my fish.