How often should you feed Mbuna cichlids?
Adult cichlids should be fed 3-4 times a day – an amount they can consume within 30 seconds every time. This feeding style helps to curb a cichlid’s aggression over resources.
Can you feed lettuce?
ANSWER: Lettuce requires the soil to be fertile and rich when seeds are sown, and your lettuce plants will also need fertilization as they grow. Feed lettuce plants every two weeks with a balanced water soluble or granular fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 or a 5-5-5, diluted to half strength.
Are all mbuna herbivores?
A majority of the Mbuna cichlids are herbivores, but they like to supplement their algae diet with insects, tiny snails and such.
What do you feed infusoria?
Some of the many things aquarists have successfully used to create and maintain infusoria cultures include:
- Banana peel.
- Lettuce (blanched or dried)
- Pablam or other powdered cereal.
- Rabbit pellets.
- Raw potato.
Can Mbuna eat cucumber?
Home-based food – lettuce; broccoli; peas; cucumber; norri. All of these green veggies are great for mbuna and their health, again taking the place of algae in their artificial tank environment. There are many ways in which you can feed them these foods. It is great for Malawi Cichlids’ health and immune system.
What do Mbuna cichlids eat?
Many African cichlids, like Tropheus and Mbuna, primarily eat algae, biofilm and aquatic plants. These fish are meant to graze all day and have a really long intestinal tract so they can absorb as many nutrients as possible from food that has a lower fat and protein content.
What can be kept with mbuna cichlids?
From my experience, yellow labs and Acei are the best mbunas to keep with other African cichlids including peacocks and haps. With other mbuna types, I would highly recommend keeping them with peacocks and haps that are large and a little more aggressive than them.
Do mbuna cichlids need salt?
Since PH is so important to cichlid health, using salts clearly has an advantage, and the lakes cichlids come from do contain relatively hard water, as compared to what comes out of your faucet. While it’s not absolutely necessary to use salts for your cichlid tank, it is usually optimal.
What is the best food for my mbuna fish?
1 Pellets – this is the staple food for most aquarium fish. 2 Spirulina – a good food to vary their diet, which can come in pellet or flake form. 3 Home-based food – lettuce; broccoli; peas; cucumber; norri. All of these green veggies are great for mbuna and their health, again taking the place of algae in their artificial tank
What kind of plants do mbuna cichlids eat?
Plants – The best plants for Mbuna cichlid tanks are plants that can be attached to rock or driftwood, preventing them from being uprooted by the fish. Java fern, Anubias, and mosses are good options. Other plants, like Vallisneria and Cabomba, may be able to withstand the uprooting attempts by the fish.
What size tank do mbuna fish need?
Tank/Aquarium Size – For smaller Mbuna, like the Electric Yellow cichlid, a 30-gallon tank can suffice but a 40-gallon or larger is ideal. For larger Mbuna, like the Blue Dolphin Moorii, a much larger tank upwards of 55 gallons may be necessary.
Can you breed mbuna together?
You can breed Mbuna one on one, and in a community tank. However, I discourage this for several reasons: Mbuna will cross breed. This defeats the whole purpose of successful breeding. It is OUR responsibility to see that this never happens.