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Old 07-10-2007
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i have a 125 gallon tank with 63 .75"-1.75" F2 tropheus duboisi maswa. i am feeding them some food that i got from the breeder i bought them from. i feed them twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. they get fed until most of them stop coming to the top of the tank for food. i look at them and they get farely big bellies. is this bad for them??? they do not get bloat, and i have never had to deal with it.

also, this isnt related....but, about how big would you say a tropheus gets from one side of the to the other? not head to tail, but the side of them? and also from top to bottom of them? im wondering because im going to be drilling some clay pots for them and would like to know about how wide they are for the holes?

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I think you feed them to much,. I feed my youngsters all they can eat in 2 minutes or so.. But if you want them to grow quick i suggest that you change water often ( i change 50 % water every 5th day) and feed them 4-6 times a day.. But not with the amount you feed them now! It's much better with less food, more often!

Remember that juvenile tropheus tolerate more "wrong" keeping than adults..

The "side" size - on my largest ones, maby an inch..
The "hight" size - maby two-two and a half inches..




This is a fullgrown healthy wild adult tropheus. But i think duboisis gets a little higher body than mooriis, just an observation., someone else who agree? But you find your measuringband and size it up This one is 4,5 inches from head to tail..
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Old 07-12-2007
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Great post Dora!
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Nice picture dorapeach. What kind is it?
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Linangu. And yes, it's a beautiful specimen!
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Old 07-13-2007
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well i found out that i normally do about 5 pinches of their food twice a day (i know not the best way to measure it). so i will now do 2 pinches of food 5 times a day. and no matter what i always do a 50% water change. the nitrates are never above 20ppm, even when ive been over feeding them.

thanks for the help, and that picture is amazing!!!!!!
steven
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Old 07-13-2007
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I personally don't have time to feed multiple times a day due to my work schedule so I feed twice a day.

I feed my tank NLS 1mm pellets and there are 57 3"+ inhabitants which get 7 pinches 2x a day....each pinch comes out to about 120 1mm pellets and they are never "fat". I do keep the lights on for a long photo-period with high wattage PC lights so there is a good amount of algae in the tank for between feeding snacks.

I do weekly 30-40% wc weekly and have never been over 20ppms of Nitrate.
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