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i have a 25 gal mbuna tank (well..nt exactly 25...as its hexagonal) with 10 mbunas. recently i've added 2 electric yellow lab & 2 juvenile convicts (near about 1 - 1.5"). the labs weren't the problems. but the convicts had been bullied pretty badly. so i hv separated them to 2 individual tanks..since the smaller one had been bullied by the other..whch is something i didnt notice in the bigger tank. is it safe to add them to the mbuna tank when they are a little bigger? i forgot to mention all my mbunas are equally nasty..so they get along quite well! thank you
 

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Adding american cichlids to mbuna tanks is not usually advised due to the differing behavioral requirements of these animals. Often, unless the tank is quite large, someone gets beaten up - the convicts when not breeding, and everyone else when they do breed.

Speaking of tank size, a 25 gallon tank with 10+ apparently non-dwarf mbuna is way overstocked. Even without the convicts, I think you need to upgrade to a 55 gallon or other 4 foot plus tank very soon, or else when they hit sexual maturity the mbuna will probably start tearing each other apart due to lack of room to flee from each other.
 

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adding american cichlids to mbuna tanks is not usually advised due to the differing behavioral requirements of these animals. Often, unless the tank is quite large, someone gets beaten up - the convicts when not breeding, and everyone else when they do breed.

Speaking of tank size, a 25 gallon tank with 10+ apparently non-dwarf mbuna is way overstocked. Even without the convicts, i think you need to upgrade to a 55 gallon or other 4 foot plus tank very soon, or else when they hit sexual maturity the mbuna will probably start tearing each other apart due to lack of room to flee from each other.
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thanks for tha advice. I recently found out that this tank is too small for them. no other choice right now..anyway.
 
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