View Full Version : THINKING of getting some Petros, but no experience

06-28-2007, 09:08 AM
I read that they need to be in groups like trophs, but do the groups for Petros need to be as large? Larger? What kind of tank size is necessary to house trophs and petros? Could I add some to my 125 Kasakalawi colony? (Petro trewevasae)

Any general thoughts for someone looking to begin the thought process of getting into petros?

06-28-2007, 09:22 AM
Matt, all important questions.

Trew's in my opinion are the perfect variant to start getting into petros with. They are far more docile than some of their larger cousins. A 125, 6 foot tank, is perfect and yes they can go in with your current Tropheus colony. Feeding and care is exactly the same as for your Tropheus.

What you have heard about petro colony size is true. Not only is it true but, IMO, it is the most important issue to successfully keeping them. In a 125 i would plan of having at least 12 Trew's. Aggression will be dispursed nicely with that amount. You may need to whittle down the number of males in that group to just 1 or 2 but you will be able to get a feel for how your group dynamic is working as you care for them. While some have managed to keep a trio or quad, I dont recommend it. Especially for Petro beginners.

Provide ample rockwork and algae for them to graze on. They will pretty much ignore your trophs and will make a fantastic addition to your tank. I wish you much luck.

06-30-2007, 06:11 PM
Thanks AP! I think with your info I can get a good start... Now to find some petros!

07-01-2007, 04:52 PM
Good luck. I would like to get into Petro's also. I have to get my first Trophs though http://trophs.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/banghead.gif http://trophs.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/banghead.gif

07-01-2007, 07:57 PM
Petros are exciting they can live with tropheus, I have some on order, hoping they come in.


07-05-2007, 01:36 PM
Go for it Matt! http://trophs.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif

07-06-2007, 12:34 AM
Thanks guys. Now it's just a matter of finding the $..... Other things are ahead of fish on the list of priorities - at least for the moment!

07-06-2007, 07:30 AM
Matt...any idea what you will get? I know most are told to get the trewavasae...but if i found a nice sized group of famula chimbas i would have to get them! John's pics have really attached to me...i think the famula are awesome!

07-06-2007, 05:51 PM
Yeah there are some real nice ones..... But price is a factor too, and I can't afford to pay $60+/fish right now. LOL I'll probably still start with the trewavasae.

07-14-2007, 12:28 AM
Well I ordered 13 trewavasae for delivery the week of 8/6. I found a great price on 3.5-4" fish. Looking forward to it!

07-14-2007, 08:22 AM
Matt, that is awesome! Do they get their own tank? Do u know the ratio of what u r getting?...

Are they coming from bluechip or Atlantis?

07-14-2007, 12:17 PM
Coming from Atlantis, but I don't know the ratio. I suppose I can ask about that when they call before shipping. Thanks for the reminder Cooper!

They will join my T. sp. Kasakalawe colony in a 125g.

08-11-2007, 11:27 PM
They have arrived! Pics when I can....

08-12-2007, 01:25 PM
Congratulations Matt looking forward to seeing some pics.

08-13-2007, 12:46 AM
Thanks DV!

08-14-2007, 10:37 PM
And here they are! My newest addition - a group of 13 Petrochromis from Atlantis. They acclimated well, and QUICKLY! Beautiful fish IMO. I couldn't be more pleased! Enjoy!






08-15-2007, 11:39 AM
Nice Trew's. They will look even better when the darken up and settle in. Good first petro choice!

08-15-2007, 12:06 PM
Very nice HP.
I have never seen fish take down algae like petros.
That group of Longola I got in recently are eating machines!

08-15-2007, 04:46 PM
Thanks guys. They're looking good! Some of the larger ones have darkened up and are showing some interesting egg spots. Fun fish!

10-29-2007, 05:05 PM
Matt how about an update have they spawned for you yet ?