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Old 05-29-2014
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Default Ikola or Red Rainbow?

I have the opportunity to purchase either of these 2 variants.
Which would you choose and why? Is one group more aggressive
than the other based on experience?

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Hi,

i have ikolas, and i love them, they are classy and love the behavior.
It depends on what you like... ikolas have the yellow-brownish color and red rainbow has more vibrant colors.
Also background and lights will make the colors pop out more (white substrate (aragonite) and blue bouckground rocks
Just a preference of what you would like more in your tank, more of a show off tank.

Both species follow the aggresive behavior it depends on how big your tank is and how many you are willing to add ... the bigger the colony the better, and the ratio (m-f) is important.
IMO the ratio could be 3-4 Males and the rest females if you are willing to breed them.
Are they WC or F1's?

my two cents.
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They are F1's....
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My vote is for Ikola's. Though I have never seen RR in person before. I have a group of WC/F1 Ikola's and they are awesome!!!! Contrast of the bright yellow and jet black is sweet, along with their sweet personality
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ok, then you'll have to manage the ratio when the get bigger ... but both are great variants, great fish
whatever you decide would be great!

Post a pic of your tank after you decide what are you going after ... love to see pics of your tank.
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I think Sp.Blacks have a slightly different body shape. I noticed it especially so in the new Tropheus book I got off of iTunes.

Both are great variants, Ikola more than likely will be breed more frequently compared to the RR, but you can get the RR's going pretty good too.

Red Rainbow I find have "finicky" color depending on background,landscape,lighting, and I find Ikola are pretty consistent no matter what their environment is like.
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I'm leaning towards Ikola as well but the catch is that it's only a group of 10.
They are close to 2". Is 10 enough?
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I think you would be alright with 10 what size tank is it?

I'm a bit partial to the Rainbows.. A group of Ikolas would be my next choice, gotta admit they look pretty good..


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Very nice!...gave me some ideas too on aquascaping...

Either they will be going in a 55g (48" long) or a 90g.
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Very nice!...gave me some ideas too on aquascaping...

Either they will be going in a 55g (48" long) or a 90g.
Go with the 90 if you can, if you don't you will wish you had. Don't ask me how I know this...
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