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Old 11-08-2010
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I understand the arguments on why to keep a large group, but is it EVER possible to get a group to co-exist with smaller numbers? 6 to 10 like? If one knows what to expect, is ready to react and deal with the possible problems? Has anyone had any success with this approach?
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I ve done it with no problem with T.Duboisi and T.Black Bemba in a 5F tank.I had 4 Duboisi 1M 3F and 6 B.Bemba 2M 4F.It is better to grow together from the start...
I have heard that some people in German they do that in smaller tanks with 3-4 Tropheus but i dont know how they do that..
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I have 6 in a 40 gallon in my office at work 4m/2f and they coexist with each other.
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Yes, it can work. I have 8 Red Rainbow in the same tank with my larger Ikola group. Not sure how they would react if they were in a tank by themselves.
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i have seen a group of 3 ikola, 1M 2F be fine together & they breed many times so it is more than possible. I have 3 groups of trophs, 9 dubs with 10 moliro in a 2.0m tank & a 4 footer with 10 pembas & i have never had an issue.
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I had a number of smaller groups breed well for me.
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I have had 9 Linangu in a 120 for a few years with no losses. On the other hand I only have 1 batch of fry... no other mouthfulls.
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I had 10 WC kalambos in a 4footer tank and it worked well. about 100 fry in one year (never stripped). It can be done but you have to keep an eye on them and be ready to do some "tricks" (play with the lights on/off, isolate extra aggressive male for some time etc.) if the aggression grows too much. Higher numbers are easyer to deal with
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I had 3 WC Kasangas in 190 L tank and after about 8 months the female killed both males. I think smaller group can work when kept in 2 or more variants in one tank than alone.
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if you can give them separate territories they will more likely be nice to each other, if you have three make three small rock piles so they have one each, if you have one area as a territory in the centre then the other two will regularly be in the firing line.
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