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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:07 pm 
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I have several groups of victorians, some adult some juvies and I am running out of tanks to keep single spieces in.
Here is what I have, is there any groups that could be combined with no aggression or interbreeding problems.

Haplochromis sp. "tomato
xystichromis sp. Dayglow
xystichromis phytophagus
Pundamilia sp. "blue bar"
Paralabidochromis chromogynos
Astatoreochromis alluaudi
Paralabidochromis sp. "Uganda Fire Red"

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I know from what the Germans said is the Astatoreochromis alluaudi will not cross with any other species. All you will have to do is find the species with the right temperament to go with it. I have never had any for the species you have so I can't help you with this.

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I would suggest Astatoreochromis alluaudi with either Paralabidochromis chromogynos or Haplochromis sp. "Fire" assuming they are roughly the same size for now anyway. At least this wouldn't be too difficult to separate later if you really had to. It's at least a 55 or preferrably a 75 gallon tank if the colony size is big, right?

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Do you have other types of cichlids in your fishroom?
many breeders will mix a group of malawi fish in a tank with Vics.

So say you have a breeding colony of electric yellows or aulonocara, then house them with a group of Paralabidochromis chromogynos etc.

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You need something fisty to hold up with the chromogynos. They can be nasty.

The chromo, and alluaudi you can probably mix with 2 others. the females from your other species are probably to closely related. you will need at least a 75g for mixing, maybe larger.

I agree with tr6, mixing malawis is always a good thing. I use acei white tail for mixing most of my guys, mostly as dithers. they handle the aggressive nature and provide more targets for riled up males. they dont spawn as much but i got tons of them so no need.

again 75g or larger for 2 mean species. 55g for species only on the rest i would say.

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