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Good morning everyone!

I have a quick question. I'm a couple of weeks away from a new 180 (6'x2'x2') being ready for fish.

I currently have 26 duboisi (2.5" – 1.5") in a 75 gallon, along with 1 Eretmodus cyanostictus ( 3") and 1 Juli ornatus (2"). They have been together from the beginning, some 70+ days or so.

There has been little to no aggression between tank mates but I do concern myself during feeding (NLS & spiro flake) whether the gobie and julie get enough to eat. Neither of them appears to be undernourished and they seem to have the 'jockeying for position' during feeding time routine down pat. I toyed with the idea of expanding the duboisi colony by 10 or 15 more but I would prefer to stay with the fish I have and allow the colony to expand on it's own over time.

My question, would it be detrimental to include the gobie and ornatus in the new tank?

I want to see the colony expand but don't want the gobie or Julie to decimate the fry.

Your input will be most appreciated.



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Those tank mates will effect fry production.

1) they may hunt and eat fry.

2) they will interfer with the breeding process.

This two things may be mitigated in your new tank due to the increase in size.
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Gobies, si! Ornatus NO. Ornatus are mean little buggers who are liable to spawn and then kill off what they consider threats.
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A quick video of the 180 gallon

http://www.youtube.com/user/ge2655h20?feat...u/0/sTDbi-kl400

26 Tropheus duboisi Halembe
1 Julidochromis ornatus
1 Eretmodus cyanostictus

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It is great to have this place back up and running and to be a participant.

July 5th marked the 120th day of the duboisi colony and 30 days in their new home. Here's a new video to mark the occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ge2655h2.../0/90m2KAcS8hE

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Today is the six-month anniversary of the Tropheus duboisi colony. To mark the occasion, there is a video update on youTube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ge2655h2.../0/rEaEhsQJyrU

Historical Background Info:

Species Name: Tropheus duboisi

Collection Point: Halembe

Generation: F1

Quantity: 26 (1”–1.5” juveniles)

Source: Dave’s Rare Aquarium Fish

Date Acquired: March 5th, 2011

The colony was originally established in a 75-gallon for the first 90 days. This allowed them to settle in and be carefully observed, while acquiring and preparing their current home. On June 5th, 2011 the colony, a single Julidochromis ornatus and a solo Eretmodus cyanostictus Chaitika ''Blue Dot'' were transferred to the 180-gallon without incident. The two Dalmation mollies were used to test the tank and just left in after the transfer.

My best estimate is the members of the colony are 8 months old and beginning to approach maturity. There have been sporadic attempts at courting, albeit no breeding but the females are beginning to lose their polka dots and showing interest in the male’s advances.

After suffering two prior failures trying to keep Tropheus, this milestone is a personal achievement I’m most proud of.

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A video marking the 8 month anniversary of the Tropheus duboisi Halembe colony. There have been two females holding but both aborted prematurely. The girls are beginning to hit their stride and I suspect the colony will be expanding in the near future.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ge2655h20?feature=mhee

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A video marking the 8 month anniversary of the Tropheus duboisi Halembe colony. There have been two females holding but both aborted prematurely. The girls are beginning to hit their stride and I suspect the colony will be expanding in the near future.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ge2655h20?feature=mhee

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After nearly a year, the first fry have arrived. This female has suffered several, premature aborted holdings in the past but finally has matured enough to hold to term. Observing her maternal duties, I can’t help but wonder if her prior failed attempts have honed her skills to their current levels, as she appears to be an outstanding mom.

During the entire duration of the incubation process, she favored a section of the river rock area among the Jungle Val blades. She would chase any other encroaching fish away, clearly indicating that her small area was not to be shared. She would join the group, grazing on the aquascape but periodically returning to her area to hover and examine the surroundings.

Over time, the river rocks (which were to hold the newly planted Jungle Val plants in place during the rooting process) had been buried by sand. As the anticipated end of the mouth brooding cycle approached, I rearranged the area, unearthing the river rocks and re-piling them to provide small areas for the fry to hide in. In addition, short lengths of black ABS pipes, rubber-banded together, were placed under the newly formed piles, in an effort to provide more security for the anticipated fry.

As luck would have it, she accepted this new rock arrangement and began to release her 3 large fry among the piles. As the fry grazed on the Jungle Val blades and rock surfaces, she would stand guard ensuring their safety, occasionally signaling them to return to her mouth. This process is repeated many times through the day.

My initial desire, to raise a small colony (26) of juvenile duboisi to adulthood and have the colony expand itself over time, has finally begun to come to fruition. Please enjoy the video of this female’s first successful parenting event.



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