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Old 09-07-2013
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So today I'm suppose to purchase some F1 Ilangi and planed on buying 25-30 and also want to add about 1 dozen Maswa. I've read all about having 2 colonies and I'm ok with that. If they breed fine if they don't I'm okay with that. should I just go with wild caught to start?

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Depends on what you want to do really. Honestly if i didnt care about breeding, i would go f1. I think they are less prone to dieseases and stress. And usually f1 fish look better then wild fish.
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I agree with the reasons above. F1 are cheaper, generally the fish turn out nicer then the parents looked and I have seen this especially true in Malawis.

Duboisi look amazing as babies. That's something I think every Troph keeper should get to experience, mine aren't quite adults but are teenagers so there are still some polka dots.

If you don't care about breeding then don't spend the extra money on wilds, and if in fact you do want to breed in a few months, the fish will have grown and you can sell them and go for the wilds.

Personally I'd stick to F1, all I do and it's worked for me so far. Wilds sometimes are quite ugly and beat up, and it can take a long time to get them back to tip top shape.

Post pics and videos when you have the groups together! Goodluck
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Thanks for input. All makes sense. Love young duboisi so awesome to look at. Will post pics in a few days.
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How big or old are the groups you are looking to get today, 1" fry or mature groups?
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The difference between purchasing wild caught and F1 adults will come down to availability. The rarer variants like canary cheek, namansi reef, mpimbwe, etc wont be readily available as F1 adults. In your case if you don't care about breeding, don't do wild caught. They are a headache to quarantine and getting acclimated to processed foods, especially pellets.
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1" fry. Back from my trip to Queens, NY and prepping fish to go into tank. Purchased 25 F1 Ilangi.
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1" fry. Back from my trip to Queens, NY and prepping fish to go into tank. Purchased 25 F1 Ilangi.

This sounds like the better choice.
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Agree. On top of the above mentioned I l enjoy the grow out process.

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That's what I didn't mention but some people feel a little indifferent about it.

There is nothing better than growing a group out from freshly hatched, to breeding and producing babies of their own.

I have not been able to grow fry to full grown adults before due to a few MAJOR setbacks on multiple occasions but my last group of Dubs made it to 3-3.5" and started breeding which made me proud. This time with my Dubs I have pictures of them when they were 1 month old fry and have kept a track of their growth. They're coming up on one year in late November this year and I should have fry soon.
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