Malawi tank: possible or not possible? This is the problem

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mauog
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Malawi tank: possible or not possible? This is the problem

Post by mauog » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:30 pm

Hi all,
I fell in love time ago with cichlids looking at their parental care.
Now I could have the opportunity to setup a tank for them but reading and browsing different sources I got opposite opinions.
So I decided to still look into before taking a decision.

I could setup a thank which can be from 80 cm (31 in) width x 50 cm (19 in) depth x 50 cm (19 in) height to 100 cm (39 in) x 50 cm (19 in) depth x 50 cm (19 in) height dependig on different factors.
I would put in it some mbuna from Malawi.
Some people told me this is impossible at least in the 80 cm (31 in) wide tank. Some-other told me I can do it.
Of course I know there isn't a a math formula which can say "yes" or "Not". As far as I caught it depend on different factors e.g. the tank layout, the kind of fish, the experience, etc. etc.
I also received different opinions about population.
I'd like to have some pseudotropheus saulosi with some idotropheus sprengae and of course I got same different verdicts.
I'm still confused.

Thank you in advance to everyone who wants to share your knowledge and experience with me.

M.

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Re: Malawi tank: possible or not possible? This is the probl

Post by Evan » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:55 pm

The two species you are trying to keep are dwarf mbuna and can go in a smaller tank than most mbuna. That being said, even for these fish I would say 80cm is too small. I think you would need to be around 95cm or higher.

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Re: Malawi tank: possible or not possible? This is the probl

Post by mauog » Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:32 pm

What is the most important thing in the tank?
Width for swimming, the base area, the height of the tank...
If I could reach 100 cm in width, what should be the other two dimensions?

Thanks

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Re: Malawi tank: possible or not possible? This is the probl

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:07 pm

The most important aspect of a tank for cichlids is one thing: floor plan. Generally speaking, the longer and wider it is, the better the fish like it. Height is really only an issue with tall fish, like altums.

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