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What kind of cichlids are these?

I know they are African, but can I put these fish together? Do they come from the same lake? What are their names? How many can I put in a 55 gallon tank. I think they grow 4-6 inches.
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They are a mix of africian cichlids they are Mbuna yes all from same lake you can keep them together in that pic there seem to be red zebra, kenyi, aratus, chipolti
Do a search on Mbuna cichlids you will be able to better understand the fish and there needs
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that looks like your standard "mixed africans" that most LFS try and sell. If you do your research you might be able to get something decent at a great price; but more often than not those tanks usually contain some sort of "mutts'. Nothing wrong with them if you like they way they look.

Not sure what your plan is; but you wouldn't want these fish in a planted tank. You could likely get a total of 12-20 of those in a 55 gallon tank (on the theory of overstocking african cichlids in an effort to curb their aggression).

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Well I'm looking for African cichlids from the same lake that will be not to hard to take care of, I want about 15-20 fish but I don't want to do 50% water change a day lol I do have hornwort in my tank floating, I want them not to get so big either so I can have a good amount in the tank to look appealing. Could you name a good stock of African cichlids that I could put in my tank that look good and will have a good amount of them while keeping the water changes below 30-40% a week if not lower. Could you name the stock I could potentially have? Even how many females or males
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What filtration are you running ? You can deff have 15 Mbuna in a 55 I say 15 to start because they will end up breeding & depending on filtration that should leave a little room if a few babies survive here and there you need to search Mbuna as some grow much larger then others and they tend to like a higher ph and hard water and deff need plenty of rockwork or caves in your tank
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Are you just looking for colorful cichlids or are you interested in having possible spawning fish?

Malawi cichlids are normally stocked with 1 male to 3 -5 females, depending on the species. You don't want fish with similar coloration to avoid the potential for cross breeding.

I would avoid the Pseudotropheus auratus, the yellow/black striped fish in your pic, as they are highly aggressive.

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Id have 2 flu all 306s, what size range can I go with if I want at least 15 of them? 4-6 inches? Lower than 6 inches? What are some cool looking mbuna cichlids 4-6 inch range. I like the cynotilapia afra ones the yellow and black stripped. Should I have a 1-3 m:f ratio with each species, is there a specific limit of species I can have in the tank?
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What are some cool peaceful mbuna cichlids I could have? I like coloration
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Yellow labs (Labidochromis caeruleus) and Purple Acei (Psuedotropheus acei) are peaceful mbuna, but you won't find them (at least not nice ones) in the mixed African cichlid tank.
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I second yellow or white labs there very mellow as cichlids go , there are so many Mbuna to choose from you reall have to just search them as u know what u like as far as colors when u find a fish u like then search that pacific fish and read all you can about them before adding it onto your list there are deff a few you want to avoid like the aratus , bumble bee , damasoni , they are more on the aggressive side also males have alot more colors compared to females alot of people keep male only tanks for that reason and to cut down on makes fighting over females but it's deff more exspencive doing so as most fish aren't sexable at small size and the bigger they are when you buy them the price goes up
All I can say is do your homework alot of fish you are going to see while searching you will never find at your local fish store
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