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Old 08-10-2010
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Ok..so I've heard different advice on Tropheus ratios. I'm about to tear my 100 apart for a cleaning and to catch a single Julie Regani that I put in there a few months ago. The Pemba/Bemba are starting to spawn and I'm not seeing many fry, so I assume the Regani is snacking heavily..and he's gotten a little aggressive towards my Trophs.

So..35-40 3"-3.5" fish, some aggression (it is a Tropheus tank), but no one hanging out in the corners...It's a 5 ft 100 gallon tank. Should I thin the numbers some, or leave well enough alone?

I also have a Brevis pair, in there. Are they likely to snack on lots of fry. I'm not heavy into breeding, but like to see babies in the tank.
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Hi Floridagirl,
I have 34 in a 110 tall 4 footer, they are just around the 3" mark and I'm thinking of moving them fairly soon into a 180 or 210. I think that once they are full grown that a nice comfortable number of Troph's in your 100 would be around 24-26. I'm sure some people would keep a lot more fish but my prior adult colony in the 110 was 24 fish and it was just about rite. Even at that amount I really had to keep up on my regular cleaning to insure they were all nice and happy. You might also take into consideration for fry as they start spawning more frequently.
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Keep 4 males.

The rest females.

Kill off whatever else.


25-30 fish would look really good in a 5 footer.
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I wouldn't worry about the brevis their only going to guard their spot. The best advice I ever got was to put piles of small rock around the corners or back of tank. This creates spots for your juvies to hide and a spot the females in time will learn to catch and release at. For proper parenting.
The group sounds healthy. If you've got more than one female that has been spotted holding I wouldn't worry. The mass majority here will say more females the better. The females still have a hierarchy just like the males and only a select few will breed. So if it ain't broke don't fix. Best thing to do if you have a abundance of males is selective breeding with your females. Pulling dominate males out to get a new one in command. Your color palate of the species could cull out undiserables. I've done this with a couple different groups to get the color in my young that is more common to it's species. This is another subject alltogether though.
Your group should do fine if you give the young ones lots of places to hide.
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Thanks guys. Started to try and vent but had a tough time. Not like mbuna. I can tell the males by looking, but when I stressed them, they all turned black and hid. so..they all stay for a while. I redid the rocks and put in a pair of Gold occies, and took out the Brevis. Switching it up. I'll get pics when everyone settles down and colors back up.
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It's hard to vent a female that has never breed.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Mr. Johnson @ Aug 10 2010, 10:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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It's hard to vent a female that has never breed.[/b]
That would explain a lot. I've only had 3 holding females. And it could be the same one, as it's been sporadic. So I guess I'll let them go for a while, and try to catch the odd white lipped male to remove little by little...


On the other hand, I love the Gold Occies in there. My pair both really hold their own against the Trophs. I'll try to get some pics, but those darn Pembas are fast...
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Some pics, I'm a poor photographer...

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