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Default Adding full grown Trophs with juvenile Trophs

I was wondering if this will work out, or end up in disaster...

I am picking up 4 tropheus Mpulungu around 4 inches and i am adding them to my existing colony of 13 juvenile tropheus mpulungu. the juveniles are all on the smaller side of 2 inches, and all 17 will be housed in a 60 gallon (the tank the 13 juveniles are currently in). The person i am getting them from does not know the sex of the fish, so i will be trying to vent them pretty soon.

does anybody have any experience with this? if so please share any thought or opinions.

also i'm sorry if this thread isn't in the correct category, i wasn't sure where it should go, but i figured it loosely fell under it.

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Hi Eric,

You shouldn't have any problems adding larger trophs. I have added big and small trophs to my existing colonies many times and have not had any issues. There are some tactics I suggest you follow.

1. Make sure after adding the trophs, you turn the lights off and even cover the tank with a blanket so that the tank is in complete darkness. This helps a lot with aggression and territorial aspects. I would keep the tank dark for at least 24 hours, but more like 48-62 hours. I have found this helps a lot!!!!
2. I would feed your trophs before adding the bigger trophs.
3. Also, I would restructure your rocks after adding the trophs.
4. Make sure your nitrites/ammonia levels are not high.
5. I also like to do a water change before adding trophs.

You shouldn't see much aggression from your juvies. At some point I would also plan on buying a bigger tank for all those trophs...(just my opinion). Trophs alos love clean water!

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