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 Post subject: Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon'
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:29 am 
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I bought a group of 6 unsexed Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon' at 1 1/2" from Dave's Rare Fish. This was about a year ago. They are now 3"-3 1/2" . I had a bad ratio, 5 males and 1 female. Now I have lost 2 males in the last 2 months.

They are in a 55 gallon tank. The other fish in the tank are Malawian, 6 Copidachromis azures (4 M, 2F), 5 Placidochromis phenochilus(3M, 2F), 3 Aulonacara jacobfreibergi(1M, 2F), and Protomelas taeniolatus 'Tangerine Tiger' (1M, 2F).

I have a wall of clay pots for rock work and hiding spaces. Plastic plants in the foreground for additional cover. There is an open area of 50% of the tank floor. Filtration; I run an Aquaclear 300 and a Hydrosponge (sponge filter). I heat the tank to 76 degrees Fahrenheit and pH is at 8.0. I don't check for hardness.

The questions are; In this set up is it better to keep a pair or leave the Pty. sp 'Salmon ' as a reverse quad for breeding? Will the males continue to kill one another off till a pair is left? Are they better off in a tank by themselves?


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 Post subject: Re: Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon'
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that might be to many males. A reverse trio might work. the problem with 4 males is that they might beat the females up in the process.

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 Post subject: Re: Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon'
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I'm thinking the tank might be overstocked. The Malawians also might be the ones knocking off the salmon.

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 Post subject: Re: Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon'
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The Salmon males are relentless with one another. It is a constant battle with each other. The actually don't bother the female all that much. I am removing the extra males to see what happens.

I always pack Malawian cichlids tight to prevent to much aggression between males ( to much action). It works on about 90% of the species. But there are always exceptions to the rule.


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 Post subject: Re: Ptyochromis sp. 'Salmon'
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Ive found the 'salmon' to be a little nervous when mixing with Malawi, had them with lithobates for a while but best results were with a group of Astatoreochromis allaudi and more recently seeing Kevins success 'ruby greens'. I keep these species in groups 3/5 - 5/7


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