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Default Best size grow out tank

What size grow out tank do you guys think would be best for 10 1.75" inch bembas? My choices are 15g, 30g, and 50g. I have them in the 50g now and they just seem to be lost and shy when it comes to feeding time. I am used to my tanks being a lot more crowded and trophs never being shy about eating. Thanks in advance for the input, Mike
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I'd say stick with the 50. For many reasons

You can do bigger water changes without stressing the crap out of the fish.
Fish grow faster in the bigger tanks atleast from my experience. I've seen people grow out in 20 gallon tanks. And damn it takes forever. Usually I put em in 4 or 5 footers right away. Then they really flourish.

I'd say 50 but again someone else may have different ideas.
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Maybe I'll just add about 15 more youngsters to create some competition and hopefully bring them out of thier shells.
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Perfect idea. Should help Im sure.
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Bigger tanks grow bigger fry, faster. I get great growth rates using purigen too. It claims to remove organic compounds, so perhaps growth inhibiting hormones produced by larger fry are included in that category???

They will find the food eventually!
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I use 300Gallon IBC totes for my Peacocks.
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Fish getting adequate amounts of food is more helpful than them being in a larger tank. That's why some use smaller tanks to power feed and target feed the fish. At 1.75" they shouldn't be too shy. Give them time. Goodluck.
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I use 300Gallon IBC totes for my Peacocks.
What!? what is that?
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Fish getting adequate amounts of food is more helpful than them being in a larger tank. That's why some use smaller tanks to power feed and target feed the fish. At 1.75" they shouldn't be too shy. Give them time. Goodluck.
Thants what I was getting at. I have seen some people change the size tank to fit the size of the fish and they seem to do better. I have never had a shy troph before!
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Did you just get the Bembas? They could be acting shy because of new environment that they just haven't adjusted to. Plenty of hiding spots for them?
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