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I think Petro's like Tropheus are better when they feel a little crowded and this will also help to disperse any aggression. In my opinion you started out with too few fish for a tank that size, heck even a group of ten Tropheus would probably have some attitude in a tank that large. You might be able to calm things down a bit by adding some type of dither fish maybe even a group of Tropheus. Just be extra careful about doing it !
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Actually I added about seventeen tiger red hook silver dollars and it did the trick surprisingly well. Normally I wouldn't do this, but I already had them so I was curious if it would work as a temp. fix.

So far so good, the silvers are large enough and quick enough to cause a distraction, and pretty much eat the same diet.

Now to find some more red bulu or troph to add so I can take them out.
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Pics! Want to see what africans look like with SDs swimming amongst them.....
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It's. ...interesting...to say the least. Definitely active, I think the TRHs have already put on 1/2"!
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Yeah, lets see a Video of that tank!

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Will try, need to go get another battery and charger though. My pops just went to Tanzania on a mission trip, and since we both have the same camera, I gave him my extra battery and charger. LoL
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I have been raising a group of 30 polyodons from fry. They are about 1 to 1.5 inch now and I must say they are amazing always up in a crowd wanting food and I can basically pick them up with my hand!
I dont want to get rid of them but what would be the point if they could not be kept long term?

You would think that worst case scenerio keeping one male with 20 females would surely work fine? Would it not?
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I guess I can share a relevant story here.

I bought two reverse trios of wild caught red bulu petros from Greg over a year ago. They were introduced into a 240 gallon with ilangi and ikola packed in there. In a little over a month the alpha male killed all five other red bulu in the tank. He was put on time out for about 7-8 months.

I bought 35 F1 bulu from a breeder in my same state and started to grow them out in the 240 gallon. Got rid of all my tropheus to concentrate on red bulu only. Once this colony grew to over five inches on average, I reintroduced the same wild caught male into the 240 gallon. ZERO problems with aggression now that he is packed in with the rest of the colony.

I currently have another 36 F1 that are growing out in a 125 gallon and 16 of those are going into the 240 gallon eventually. The wild caught male has clearly established himself as alpha in this tank so I will end up selling off several F1 males in the future to cut down on potential aggression problems.
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When I say F1 fry that is kind of debatable with mine because they come from a wild caught male bred with F1 females from different lineage. Not sure if they are considered F1 or F2 at that point.
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So with Petros it seems 30 to 40 or more is a good route to sucess!
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