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More works better. I started with 25 wild adult 3 - 8" longola in a 125. 2 rocks, bare, 5 sponge filters and a 1,000 gallon per hour 2 double sponge power head driven filter. The quantity is to mnage aggression. These make the worst mbuna look like puppies.
Anything less than a 125 and you will be in trouble long term. I have 20 2" texas tembwe in a 75, but that is just a short term solution. They will be moved with in a year.
For tank mates - I love these petrotilapia tridentiger - big, fierce, never backing down mbuna. These are the only fish i have been able to keep with the longola where the longola even pay a little attention to them. They aredefinately diffusing some aggression.
petrochromis sp. redfin longola wild caught colony 21 young adults breeding
petrochromis sp. tembwe texas 20 juvies
petrochromis ephippium "saddleback" 20 juvies