MM MALAWI TANK RECIPES

NOTE: the following are basic recommendations of compatible species as dictated by tank size. The species listed are those most commonly available.

Mbuna only

30 Gallon

Quantity: up to 15 individuals from up to 2 genuses, ratio 1 male to 3 or more females.

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

1 species from the Labidochromis genus:

Most Common types:

Labidochromis caeruleus “Yellow Morph”
Labidochromis perlmutt
Labidochromis chisumulae
Labidochromis freibergi
Labidochromis hongi

Mixed with 1 species of any of the following:

Iodotropheus
Gephyrochromis
Tropheops

45-55 Gallon (least aggressive)

Quantity: up to 20 individuals from up to 3 genuses, ratio 1 male to 3 or more females.

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

1-2 species from the Labidochromis genus:

Mixed with 1-2 species from any of the following:

Iodotropheus
Gephyrochromis
Tropheops

Plus other good individual species

Pseudotropheus socolofi
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus acei
Pseudotropheus daktari
Maylandia estherae
Maylandia barlowi
Maylandia callainos
Maylandia livingstonii
Maylandia lanisticola

55 Gallon (moderately aggressive)

Quantity: up to 20 individuals from up to 3 genuses, ratio 1 male to 4 or more females.

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

Start with 1-2 species from the Psuedotropheus genus:

For example:

Pseudotropheus flavus
Pseudotropheus longior
Pseudotropheus polit
Psuedotropheus perspicax
Pseudotropheus msobo

Mixed with 1-2 species from the Maylandia genus:

Maylandia emmiltos
Maylandia fainzilberi
Maylandia greshakei
Maylandia hayomaylandi
Maylandia mbenji
Maylandia pyrsonotus
Maylandia zebra type species

Mixed with 1 species from:

Cynotilapia
Labeotropheus (strictly vegeterian)
Petrotilapia

75 Gallon and up (most aggressive!)

Quantity: up to 35 individuals from up to 5 genuses, ratio 1 male only to several females per species.

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

Start with 1-2 species from the Psuedotropheus genus:

For example:

Pseudotropheus demasoni
Pseudotropheus cyaneus
Pseudotropheus elongatus type species (most)
Pseudotropheus kingsizei type species (most)

Mixed with 1-2 species from the Maylandia genus:

For example:

Maylandia aurora
Maylandia crabro
Maylandia lombardoi

Mixed with 1 species from the Melanochromis genus:

For example:

Melanochromis auratus
Melanochromis chipokae
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Melanochromis dialeptos
Melanochromis interruptus
Melanochromis joanjohnsonae
Melanochromis johannii

MM Malawi Tank Recipes

NOTE: the following are basic recommendations of compatible species as dictated by tank size. The species listed are those most commonly available.

Hap only

30 Gallon (mixed Hap/Mbuna)

Quantity: up to 10 individuals from up to 2 genuses, ratio 1 male to 3 or more females. Average size of species = 4 inches

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

1 species from the Aulonocara genus:

Best types (stay small):

Aulonocara baenschi
Aulonocara brevinidus
Aulonocara ethelwynnae
Aulonocara maylandi
Aulonocara kandeensis
Aulonocara “Chitendi Types”

Mixed with 1 mbuna species of any of the following:

Iodotropheus
Gephyrochromis
Tropheops
Labidochromis

45-55 Gallon (Hap only)

Quantity: up to 15 individuals from up to 4 genuses, ratio 1 male to 2 or more females. Average size of species = 5 inches

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

1 species from the Aulonocara genus:

Mixed with 1-3 species from any of the following:

Lethrinops
Copadichromis azureus
Copadichromis mloto
Copadichromis trewavasae
Copadichromis virginalis
Protomelas fenestratus ‘types’
Protomelas taeniolatus ‘types’
Protomelas steveni ‘types’
Sciaenochromis

75 Gallon (Hap only)

Quantity: up to 25 individuals from up to 5 genuses, ratio 1 male to 2 or more females. Average size of species = 6 inches

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Recommendations:

1 species from the Aulonocara genus

Mixed with 1-4 species of the following:

Copadichromis
Ctenopharynx
Cyrtocara
Lethrinops
Nyassochromis
Otopharynx
Placidochromis
Sciaenochromis
Tramitichromis

More common species:

Copadichromis borleyi 'Kadango'
Copadichromis chrysonotus
Cyrtocara moori
Lethrinops furcifer
Lethrinops marginatus
Otopharynx lithobates
Placidochromis electra
Placidochromis phenochilus
Sciaenochromis fryeri
Tramitochromis intermedius

100 Gallon (Hap Only) (moderate to high aggression)

Quantity: up to 20-30 individuals (depending on species selection) from up to 6 genuses, ratio 1 male to 2 or more females. Average size of species = 8 inches

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Any of the above in the 75 Gallon mix plus/or any of the following:

Caprichromis
Cheilochromis
Chilotilapia
Corematodus
Dimidiochromis
Eclectochromis
Nimbochromis
Mylochromis

150 Gallon and up (Hap Only) (high aggression)

Quantity: up to 20-25 individuals (depending on species selection) from up to 7 genuses, ratio 1 male to 2 or more females. Average size of species = 10 inches

NOTE: Avoid picking species that share similar markings and colouration as other species you have already chosen.

Aristochromis
Buccochromis
Champsochromis
Dimidiochromis
Diplotaxodon
Fossorochromis
Lichnochromis
Nimbochromis
Rhamphochromis
Stigmatochromis
Tyrannochromis

Most common species:

Aristochromis christyi
Buccochromis rhoadessi
Buccochromis lepturus
Champsochromis caeruleus
Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Dimidiochromis strigatus
Fossorochromis rostratus
Lichnochromis acuticeps
Nimbochromis livingstoni
Nimbochromis polystigma
Nimbochromis venustus





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