300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Postby Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:59 am

During the days of the 232 gallon Rocky reef Zone Biotope populated with Mbuna species. I haved learned allot through observation by studying the behaviour. With regards to the complex social structure , feeding behaviour , feeding techniques and fry distribution of the females from each Mbuna complex within the population. The species that were most successful in this biotope setup were the Metriaclima complex which comprised out of Metriaclima Pyrsonotos , Metriaclima Callainos , Metriaclima Callainos OB , Metriaclima Estherae Minos Reef and Metriaclima Hajomaylandi Chizumulu Island. These above mentioned Metriaclima did showed a lot of aggression towards the Pseudotropheus, Labidochromis , Melanochromis and Iodotropheus species. The aggression were distributed by the Dominant Males within their territories. Noticed is the fact that the females of each Metriaclima species distributed their fry within their respective male's territory. Thus having protection from the Male. Fry would occasionally come out to feed in the mid water zone when their guardian Father of their respective species were chasing intruders away or hiding. The Fry would then dart back into their crevices as soon as the Male would return or appear within his territory where they were released. The fry were tolerated by the Metriaclima Pyrsonotus Male as well Metriaclima Callainos respectively but not by the Metriaclima Estherae Minos Reef Male. This observation could be received as due to many factors that could play a role. The aggression towards their own fry from the Metriaclima Estherae Minos Reef population were interesting.
Factors such as Males temperament or Harem style breeding techniques could play a role. But the observation made from each Metriaclima species complex were an eye opener into the social structure as well care of fry.Species that struggled alot with the permanent territories of the Metriaclima species were Pseudotropheus Saulosi Taiwan Reef that moves in schools through the habitat as well Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove that acts as a insectivorous not having a fixed territory. The argument could be that the Pseudotropheus Saulosi Taiwan Reef species has a different adaptation within their environment and are not used to being pushed around by Metriaclima Species at their native collection point namely Taiwan Reef. The Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove species population had a disadvantage of being outnumbered by the Metriaclima complex within this Habitat created. The species that thrived within this habitat were Iodotropheus Sprengerae Boadzulu Island, Labidochromis sp Hongi kimpuma and Melanochromis Johannii.
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Pseudotropheus Saulosi Taiwan Reef Dominant Male

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Postby datouguan » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:03 am

Great pic and learn a lot. Thank you!

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Postby Snailos » Thu May 25, 2017 12:29 am

Thank You.

My Hatchery constructed are 90 percent almost finished as well a Out Door Grow Out tunnel that is
about 30 percent. Will upload pictures as soon as I can. Currently I am breeding and raising 32 species
of Malawian Cichlids of which 2 are on the CARES list. If there is any questions feel free to ask me or email me at
namakateaquatics@gmail.com
malawicichlids@webmail.co.za
Cell: +264 81 276 1362

Will Updated Soon.

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Postby Snailos » Thu May 25, 2017 5:03 am

Species That I am Currently breeding:

Hybrid and Line Bred:
Aulonocara Dragon Blood OB (Line Bred Hybrid)
Aulonocara Dragon Blood (Line Bred)
Aulonocara OB (Hybrid)
Metriaclima Red Top Albino (Line Bred)
Metriaclima Red Top Albino OB (Line Bred)
Pseudotropheus Socolofi Albino (Line Bred)

Mbuna:
Pseudotropheus Flavus F3 IUCN 3.1 Vulnerable (Chinyankwazi Island)
Melanochromis Cyaneorhabdos F1 IUCN 3.1 Vulnerable (Maingano Island)
Melanochromis Dialeptos F1 IUCN 3.1 Vulnerable (Gome)
Pseudotropheus Acei Luwala F1 IUCN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Luwala)
Cynotilapia Sp. Maleri F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Maleri Island)
Cynotilapia Afra Cobwe F2 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Cobwe)
Pseudotropheus Socolofi F4 ICUN 3.1 Vulnerable (Tumbi Point)
Tropheops Sp. Membe F1 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Yofu Bay Likoma)
Metriaclima Callainos F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Maleri Island)
Metriaclima Estherae F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Minos Reef)
Metriaclima Sp. Membe Deep F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Maingano Island)
Metriaclima Sp. Zebra Gold F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Lions Cove)
Metriaclima Aurora F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (N'kolongwe)
Metriaclima Sp. Red Top Gallireya F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Gallireya Reef)
Metriaclima Flavifemina F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Maleri Island)
Petrotilapia Sp. Orange Pelvic F1 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Chizumulu Island)
Iodotropheus Sprengerae F4 ICUN 3.1 Vulnerable (Boadzulu Island)
Labidochromis Caeruleus F3 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Lions Cove)
Labidochromis Chisumulae F1 ICUN 3.1 Vulnerable (Same Bay)

River Breams:
Astatotilapia Sp. Calliptera F1 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Thumbi East Island)
Astatotilapia Sp. 44 Thick Bar F4 ICUN 3.1 Not Evaluated (Unknown to Me)

Sonar Feeders:
Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi F1 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Otter Point)
Aulonocara Maylandi F1 ICUN 3.1 Vulnerable (Luwala Reef)

The Blue Followers:
Cyrtocara Moorii F3 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Unknown to Me)
Placidochromis Phenochilus F2 ICUN Least Concern (Mdoka)

Utaka:
Copadichromis Borleyi F1 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Kadango)

Piscivores:
Sciaenochromis Fryeri F3 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Maleri Island)

Stevenis:
Protomelas Taeniolatus F2 ICUN 3.1 Least Concern (Namalenje Island)
Protomelas Sp. Steveni Taiwan F2 ICUN Not Evaluated (Taiwanee Reef)

I will be expanding my Species List next year via Importing.

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Postby Snailos » Thu May 25, 2017 5:07 am

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Metriaclima Callainos Sub Dominant Male Yawning


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