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 Post subject: Hello from Washington :)
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:29 pm 
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Hi I'm new to this forum. I was wondering if I could house these 3 Victorian cichlids together:

Haplochromis sp. Ruby Green
Paralabidochromis Chromogynos
Astatotilapia latifasciata (Zebra Obliquidens)

All of the males and females look different and diet wise I will be feeding only NLS and Kens Veggie flakes/veggie pellets as treats.

Also I was thinking of using Pseudotropheus Saulosi as dithers.

Please let me know what you guy and gals think. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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Sulhwa wrote:
Hi I'm new to this forum. I was wondering if I could house these 3 Victorian cichlids together:

Haplochromis sp. Ruby Green
Paralabidochromis Chromogynos
Astatotilapia latifasciata (Zebra Obliquidens)

All of the males and females look different and diet wise I will be feeding only NLS and Kens Veggie flakes/veggie pellets as treats.

Also I was thinking of using Pseudotropheus Saulosi as dithers.

Please let me know what you guy and gals think. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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Tank size?


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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It's a 125

I have the ceramic cichlid stones all throughout it with two huge piles of them in the corners. And Jungle Val throughout the tank. The substrate is the black and white cichlid sand that automatically buffers ph, but I also have crushed coral in the filters. I'm just waiting for it to finish cycling. I have a 45 that has my ruby greens and Pseudotropheus Saulosi in it right now. My father is also giving me his 2 75g and a custom 250 with a crack on the bottom of it. So I will have plenty of tanks if it doesn't work.

Another question how do you fix cracks on a tank? My dad put silicone on it then stuck a big slab of glass over it, but it still leaks. It is in the bottom middle part of the tank and is pretty big. I can't remove the glass my dad glued down, so I have to work around it any suggestions? My husband says to just silicone the whole area and let it dry. I don't know.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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I'm not big into mixing Victorians, but if you are not going to keep any of the fry it should be OK.

I seal some holes on a bottom of a 180 with a peace of glass and silicone. I just added silicone to the bottom of the glass and put it over the holes. I then ran a thick layer of silicone around the edge of the glass. You need to make sure you clean every thing with alcohol before you add silicone.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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Ok, I was hoping they wouldnt hybridize if I put them all together, so that I could keep the fry. If they might hybridize then I guess I'll have to put them in separate tanks. :(

Thanks for the advice. My father didn't clean the area before he put silicone. I'll make sure to bring it up with my husband. His idea was to just cover the whole area with silicone in hopes of getting the leak haha.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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If you want to mix haplochromines, why not keep a Vic and a Malawi species together? P. chromogynos and P. saulosi should do just fine together, with a vanishingly small risk of hybridizing.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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I have P. chromogynos and Mainganos together in a 125G tank and they are doing quite well.


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Hi these species can be kept together as they are quite different in male nuptial dress. you should not fear hybridization. :)


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Welcome !!!
I use to have Baenschis with my Victs with no problems


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Washington :)
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Thank you all for your replies! I'm going to try and keep them all together for a bit and if I catch them trying to breed with each other than I'll just have to separate them and keep my dream tank, just a dream.

Thank you again.

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