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Post by cichlidman on Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:43 pm

I am getting rid of the last of my Male Mbuna's.

It is a little emotional for Patty. These were some of our first cichlids when we got back in fish.

We have had them for about 3 years. The male Msobo is a real stunner. Crying or Very sad

I am going to set up the 55 as a Tanganyikan tank.
I am going to probably start with a pair of Calvus or Compressiceps.
I am going to get larger ones as I have had problems keeping smaller ones.

I think Crushed Coral for substrate.

Okay now I am lost. idea

You guys can help me.. I will say PLEEEEESE
I may try a few Featherfins for upper area or maybe Cyps.

Could I put the Transcriptus in the same tank?

Now give me what parameters and everything that would be best for the Tangs from your perspective.

I really would like to do this right.
I will have 2 Aquatech 30/60 filters a Magnum 350 and 2- 80 gal sponge filters.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

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Post by Aura on Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:45 pm

I'm just a beginner with the Tangs, so can't give any advice there, but I'm sad to see another mbuna tank go. Sad

A calvus or comp tank that size is going to be nice though!
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Post by cichlidman on Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:57 am

I hope Klaus will help me out here..

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Post by buntbarsch on Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:57 am

Roger, Klaus will be happy. I am closing out my Mbuna's Going Tanganyikan. Pbucket

I would love to help you out but my experience with calvus or comps is very limited. They have never interested me much. Same goes for the featherfins. Don't ask me why, I have no idea.
Personally I would not keep the two together except in a much larger tank. A pair of calvus would probably do fine with the addition of a dozen smaller cyps. The cyps are an open water species. They even breed in the open water. Calvus and Julies are cave brooders. Having enough hiding places, I don't see a problem adding the transcriptus to the mix too. I would probably built up rocks (try to find limestone) on both ends of the tank and hope for the comps to take one side and the julies take the other. That will leave enough swim room in the middle for the cyps.
Crushed coral as substrate would probably be fine. I never used it but if your tap water is soft, it will certainly help in addition to the limestone to buffer your water (you know I hate chemicals).
Filtration should be fine for a 55g. With the exception of the sponges. I hate sponge filters in a decorated tank (only my opinion).

Now I wait for the pictures Klaus will be happy. I am closing out my Mbuna's Going Tanganyikan. Pbucket

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Post by cichlidman on Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:31 am

Thanks Klaus,
I will keep it posted as it progresses.
The advise is very helpful.

Patty likes the cyps better anyway.

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Post by Super Turtleman on Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:43 am

buntbarsch wrote:I hate sponge filters in a decorated tank (only my opinion).

Ditto!!!
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Post by cichlidman on Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:31 pm

Got rid of all but 1 of the mbuna's today. I think Vince is taking the Msobo tomorrow.
I will break it down and add some crushed coral. Start the process all over for the Tangs.

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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:19 pm

Wooohooo!!! redneck

Already anxious to see it up and running.

Have you nailed down the stocklist yet?

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Post by cichlidman on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:46 pm

Rift _Lake _Rule
Here is what I am looking at.

I am thinking 12 Cyprichromis leptosoma Blue Flash
A breeding pair of Compressiceps Gold
And a pair of Julidochromis Transcriptus Zaire Black.

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Post by Micheal on Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:41 am

Another one lost to the darkside, lol. Keep us updated on the progress especially the cyps cause I have been thinking of adding some to my 55 with the shellies and comps.
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Post by buntbarsch on Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:42 am

Micheal wrote:Another one lost to the darkside, lol.

Wrong Michael, very wrong. Roger is the non believer on his way to enlightenment. Klaus will be happy. I am closing out my Mbuna's Going Tanganyikan. Pbucket

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Post by Micheal on Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:40 am

I don't discriminate when it comes to fish keeping. Come this time next week I will own fish from all 3 lakes, Central America and the ocean. While Malawi will probably always be my favorite fish I wouldn't be surprised if any fish ended up in one of my tanks.
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Post by preacherboy on Fri Dec 25, 2009 11:12 am

You will love the tangs, Roger!

Can't wait to see the pics, friend!
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:07 pm

Great choices Roger!!!

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