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Old 09-02-2014
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I know that there are many variables, but assuming all fish are healthy, and water conditions are excellent, in general is there a certain size or age trophs will produce viable fry. Specifically I am asking about brichardi.
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It can vary a bit but typically F1 will start to reproduce successfully around 2.5"-3" (closer to 3" in my experience.
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Ok. These guys are around 2 to 2 1/2 inches. But the males are non stop dancing and trying to lure the females over with some success. Just mock breeding I assume. If they keep up at this rate, they will shake themselves to death. Still, alot of fun to watch. What a beautiful variant they are. Thanks for the reply.
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It is not size but age that determines sexual maturity.

Most Tropheus are sexually mature at 12 - 18 months old. But keep in mind that even if they are sexually mature it can take some practice before they are successful!

Now is the time to get your foods figured out, your water change routine down pat, then once they are able to breed you' ll have them in prime condition. Water changes & Foods are big keys to success!!

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I've got them on YFS super veggie flake, and New Era cichlid green. Both quality foods. Water is always pristine in my tanks with once a week wc's. So looks like its a waiting game, which I'm in no hurry. I was just curious because of the constant mock breeding that I'm seeing. Very cool to watch the pecking order taking place. Hopefully it will go through its course with no casualties due to aggression. Thanks for the input.
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I probably should have mentioned that as well. IF, Just IF Properly Cared for through Quality food and weekly water changes (including substrate siphoning) as well as proper filter maintenance..

Tropheus should typically hit close to by the age 12-18 months easy. This was my point.
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My ikolas are breeding. Females are about 2.5". I've had three spawns and no successful hold yet, but I bought them from Andrew and he estimated they were born in January. So they are pretty young. Just keep up with water changes. They work wonders.
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I have a young F2 chipimbi colony that I bought 4 months ago with fish size ranging 1-2". The breeder said at that time that the biggest ones were about 4-5 months old. I have had 2 mouthfuls from the same female over the past 6 weeks. She has only help 2-6 days each time but she'll get there eventually. I have had bembas breed at about 12 months ths of age but was pretty amazed by the early start of this particular chipimbi girl
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My ikolas are breeding. Females are about 2.5". I've had three spawns and no successful hold yet, but I bought them from Andrew and he estimated they were born in January. So they are pretty young. Just keep up with water changes. They work wonders.

Yep. Not knowing exact age on the F1 colonies that I raised, they all seemed to start spawning by 2.5-2.75" and then started holding successfully by 3"...

BTW, how are those looking?
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Andrew, they are looking incredible. Growing super quick. Males are just over 3" now. I think I've got 3 or 4 females from the larger ones you sent. I just had another spawn this morning. That's 3 in the last 10 days, so definitely 3 breeding females.

Males stripes are pretty solid now. A little black in the stripe but I'm sure that will go away as they continue to grow.

To the original poster, just have patience. They will breed when they are ready. Water changes, as I said, work wonders. So keep them up and they will breed eventually.
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