i have 9 mbuna (malawi cichlids) in a 50 gallon tank, i recommend this set up because 50 gallons allows for plenty of room for the fish without taking up an entire room, and 9 cichlids is not too overstocked but just enough that they are not bullying one fish. i also have a pleco in there which i am hopefully re homing soon, i do not recommend the pleco btw.
i use a standard sized sand for the substrate as well as rocks, slate and large pieces of wood (including a couple of hollowed out logs so fish can hide inside it)
the specific mbuna i have are 3 red zebras, 2 electric johannis, 1 albino, 1 yellow tailed violet cichlid, 1 strawberry peacock and 1 other mbuna that i dont actually know for certain what it is, it is a very light cream colour with thick brown stripes that i call the chocolate cichlid.
they are not that much hard work if you know how to look after them, i feed them algea based flakes and pellets 3 times a day with enough food that they can eat in 30 seconds (they naturally do not know when to stop eating because in the wild they constantly graze on algea) and occasionally i throw in lettuce, carrot and cucumber that i boil for 5 minutes so that it is nice and soft. some people feed them brine shrimp once a week but they do not really need any meat at all and high protein food will cause more harm than good.
· 7 years ago