New Malawi tank

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New Malawi tank

Postby Bepe » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:07 pm

Hi there,

Ian hoping I've stumbled across the right forum to help me with getting to understand my new tank I've purchased. I've had fish for over 15 years now and still my community tank set up but with purchasing this tank it came with a selection of I believe to be Malawi cichlids.

This is my set up with the fish I have, can any members help to identify them


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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby stormbird » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:07 pm

Certainly Rifts ! I've not kept Malawis for about 30 years they looked to be mainly from that Lake although there's an odd one that might be a Tanganyikan . They need to be in hard water . Apart from identity what else do you need to know about them ?
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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby Bepe » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:50 pm

Thanks for your reply, I would like to know what each fish are so I'm able to know what each requirement in food, habbbitat, living conditions are etc. Like how often do they need feeding as I understand there a little different from keeping your normal peaceful tropical community fish. :D hr
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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby markee » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:47 pm

I haven't been able to click on every image as the internet where i am is woefully slow (slower than dial-up!) but going by the main tank pic it looks like you have (starting from the top right):

The pinky/red one - Metriaclima Estherae (Red Zebra) - Malawi
2 Yellow ones - Labichromis Caeruleus (Yellow Labs) - Malawi
4 Yellow and spotted ones - Possibly Haplochromis Venustus - Malawi
3 Black and white stripes - Cyphotilapia Frontosa - Tanganyika
1 Black with white stripe - Melanochromis Auratus - Malawi
1 Yellow and black marble colour - OB unkown - possibly Malawi (mbuna)
1 Black one - Unknown - possibly another Hap - Malawi

Sorry i couldn't be a little more specific but the internet here is not quick enough for me to start looking through loads of cichlid profiles but at least you have a starting point now lol. Dietary wise you hvae a mix of carnivore, omnivore and vegetarian so could run into some potential bloat problems but my main concern would be the Frontosa, which can be a bit skittish if spooked and will damage themselves on the sharp rocks.
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New Malawi tank

Postby Zizu58 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:13 pm

Any idea what my two little 'blue ones' could be - 4cm long
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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby Zizu58 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:04 pm

Just built the wall much higher to give a lot more hiding places , crevices and passages through to the back of the tank . Image

John Snow would be well pleased with the wall now :)


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New Malawi tank

Postby Zizu58 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:49 pm

Sooooo

The only nice "blue" type I've been able to source locally are a some Pseudotropheus sp. Polit hail (Lion's Cove ) .

Looks like they will the jewels in the crown at £15 each !!


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New Malawi tank

Postby Zizu58 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:42 pm

Right update on the above consideration .
They are a batch of young fish ( £15 each !!) and are all still brown colour apart from the dominant one that HAS coloured up nicely .

Could I get away with just that blue male one and add him to my collection of young Malawis !!

Could be turn pyscho being one of a species. ?

Also may he lose his colour if there's no females ?
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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby Zizu58 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:14 am

Is there just me using this forum !?

It's like a zombie wasteland :)
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Re: New Malawi tank

Postby stormbird » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:32 am

I'm usually arund most days , but your correct about the usage . The facebook is a lot moreactive
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