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Old 03-23-2015
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Can the male of full size (12 ~ 13 cm, ~5 inches) mate with relatively small ( ~9 cm or 3.5 inch) female or vice versa? I have 3 female WC RR's of 3.5 inches in 55G tank and wonder if they can be joined with full size male in 80G for breeding? The females in 3.5 inches just started holding with a F1 male in similar size but I want to move the females to the 80G main tank where 5M/9F WC RR are in now for better M/F ratio. Appreciate any comment or advice in advance.
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Definitely can! not real likely that a small male will spawn with a larger female when there's a larger male in the tank. But big males with small females, for sure!

When you unite the groups, First start by acclimating the new ones to the tank with a bucket and air stone with water 25% replacement from the bucket every 20-30 minutes and at the same time, do a 50%+ partial on the tank late in the evening and remove all of the rocks. F

Next, after the 4 water repalcements have been made on the bucket, net the new ones into the tank, then refill the tank as normal. You can watch them for a few and make all is well with their attention to no rocks. They should be all on the same comfort level at that point. Shut the lights off for the evening and they should be good to go. Put the rockwork back in after a week.
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Definitely can! not real likely that a small male will spawn with a larger female when there's a larger male in the tank. But big males with small females, for sure!

When you unite the groups, First start by acclimating the new ones to the tank with a bucket and air stone with water 25% replacement from the bucket every 20-30 minutes and at the same time, do a 50%+ partial on the tank late in the evening and remove all of the rocks. F

Next, after the 4 water repalcements have been made on the bucket, net the new ones into the tank, then refill the tank as normal. You can watch them for a few and make all is well with their attention to no rocks. They should be all on the same comfort level at that point. Shut the lights off for the evening and they should be good to go. Put the rockwork back in after a week.
Thanhs a lot for your kind advice.
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