A Tanganyikan biotope (shellies in the sand, rock dwellers and open water) or find a pair or trio of fish that appeal to you and try to breed them so we could buy them off of you
true, the reason for the more differentiated body shapes in tanganyikans is because they had a much much much longer time to evolve (20-40 million years), whereas lake victoria was dry as little as 12,000 years ago, and malawi is also younger something like 750k years and is believed to have been colonized from descendants of tanganyikans.go with tanganyikans if you can find some. i have three tanks for the tanganyikans, imported a lot of it from across north america... there stunning. amazing shapes, colors, and personalitys. i dont like mbuna anymore because of tanganyika.
the main things to consider between mbuna and tanganyika..
mbuna : cheaper and more common.most mbuna share a common body shape, but differ in color. generally hardier then tanganyikans, but a lot of them are highly inbred and hybridized, so not very "realisic" if creating a natural biotope.
tanganyikans: more expensive, generally less colorfull but greater diversity in body shape and personality. harder to find (for me anyways) most can be found in F-1 and get a very realistic wild like fish.
both are highly entaining... it come down to choice.
more expensive, it depends where you get them from. i live in victoria, and an average fish here is 25$ for one. they are bigger then the ones i import, but less or equal quality. in vancouver, depending on the fishes linage, most fish in vancouver are cheaper then where i am.when you say that tanganyikans are more expensive then mbuna, how much does it cost for the average fish? are there many places that sell these fish so i can see more in person to decide which kind i'd like to chose from? also, i'm guessing i can't just put any africans together right?