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Old 09-10-2015
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Default When Do Tropheus Stop Breeding?

Hey Guys

Sorry if this has been asked before but i did search...
At what age do tropheus stop breeding regularly?
I am looking at a colony of Trophs that are 9 years old, is
that too old?

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I don't think that anyone has ever actually documented it.

9 kind of seems old but I have 8-9 F1 females in my Ikola group that I received back in October of 2010 and they are 5.5" and breeding strong! I've never really overfed them and they are nice streamline still in body shape. So I would think that as long as they were kept in premium condition they would continue to spawn in a healthy environment for a long time.

So to me there are a few factors that would potentially decide the answer to your question.
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I originally thought 9 years was close to all you get out of a colony but since then I've talked with a couple experienced keepers and learned that's not always the case. One guy told me he sold his group of maswa after having them for 19 years! He said it was about two years ago and as far as he knows they are still going. He is a trusted source but could of been exaggerating. What I would do if I was planning to keep a group for a long time is just keep some extra fry every couple years to add to the group. Then technically you could keep a colony going as long as you want. Back to the main subject, I would guess if they can live that long, you should have at least a few more years of fry production.
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If it was anyone around me, I would lean a bit towards being an exaggerated story.

But like you said, they could have been putting fry back into the group, not taking into account the older ones being the original group, dying off.
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A buddy of mine had a group of wc dubs for 13 years. He lost most of them in a power outage last summer but anyway they were breeding even after 13 years and who knows how old they were when he got them being they were wild...
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Wow, that's pretty good to know. Thanks for sharing.
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