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 Post subject: Tropheus pictures
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:20 pm 
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Tropheus are by far my all time favorite cichlid so far-lots of personality, and a challenge to keep. I've failed multiple times at trying to keep a colony of young fish. I recently bought two small established colonies someone was keeping together in a community African tank.

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I love these pictures, they look awesome.

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I've always wanted to try the Tropheous thing , but everyone tells me that they are so fragile. Nice pics of your colony.

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awesome fish, excellent pictures


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bassetman wrote:
I've always wanted to try the Tropheous thing , but everyone tells me that they are so fragile.

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They are a curious mix of tough and delicate. In a group, the male to female ratio has been the most important thing. The only time I have had success is when I have about 1 male to 5 or more females. Ideally, in a colony of about 30 fish, you would have maybe 3 males, and the rest all female just because the males are so aggressive. It seems what happens is the hyper aggressive males can stress the other fish out, which then causes them to get "bloat". And because you start loosing fish, the aggression is less and less dispersed amongst the fish. It is a very hard chain reaction to stop as well. I've tried three previous times to keep a colony. I've found that ratio to be more important than diet. I've kept a lot of singles, and they eat pretty much anything the tank gets-from flakes, pellets, krill, and I've even seen one steal my Chrysti's tilapia before.

The only reason why I tried these two groups out is that they are young adults, 2.5" and up, and had been kept together in these groups already. When the fish are younger, they are more delicate I've found as well.


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