Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I've never done mbuna only planted tank as I like and had large fish before doing the plants. I find the 125 is large enough to let me do some mbuna and some large fish who are not interested in the rocks, other than a place to duck when scared. They know strangers and hide when they come around. I've not done saulosi with plants but would guess they would work.
For me, I find the yellow labs are one of the easier mbuna and they are comparatively cheap but with bright colors and good activity. Then for other colors without too much havoc, I've had a number of other blue types which seemed okay.
Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"-A pretty fish but maybe a bit rougher than others. Maybe because they were almost constant breeders?
Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei" -A favorite
Copadichromis azureus --A favorite
Placidochromis sp. "Electra Blue"
Protomelas insignis --My current favorite fish but mine are Tanzania and have much more yellow and orange than this profile from another part of the lake.
You see the obvious slant toward blue? But then reading the profiles, I find my fish and their fish are not the same??? My insignus has zero interest when the other fish spawn and in other places I read that they live in large groups out in the lake where they eat bugs that fall in the water. No profile on this type on that site.
Algae eaters, small pleco, bristlenose, are all okay for me. I rarely see the bristlenose or pleco unless I come by at night with a flashlight as they work nights. In the picture you may see the white spot on the nose of the Hongi? There were two of the same size and they spent a lot of time jaw-locked, pushing and shoving and it left white spots on both noses. No harm done but they never really decided who was bigger!
There is a big pile of limestone under the java fern where they can duck in as well as spaces to the right. Various swords, java fern, anubias, crypts and red tiger lotus for plants.
For a stock if doing it all in?
5-6 yellow labs, 5-6 yellow tail, pick a couple colors of male peacocks if you like them and then add some algae eaters, etc. Maybe throw in several of these I've mentioned. I would guess my current load is about 25-30 total but I'm working toward more breeding from the insignus and have cut back on the others. This is a rough guess as I remove fish and fish breed but they all hide when I count them?
Last edited by PlantedRich; 01-27-2016 at 12:03 AM.