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Old 05-06-2009
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I have and opportunity to purchase above mentioned fish, 17 of them, size 6-7cm (approx 2.5 inches). As far as owner of these fishes know he have 3 males, for sure and 7 females for sure...

He is not quite certain about others, are they males of females, lets say ,or better to say lets hope that they are half males and half females...


I have several Q:

Is there anyone that have this species, can someone tell me a little bit about them?
Can I keep them in approx 100 gallons,(120cmx60cmx60cm) them alone without any other species?
Do you recommend me to keep some other species with them or not?
What about keeping leptosoma with them, is it OK or not?
What about keeping leptosoma with Tropheus generally???



I know several friend of these fish owner and I know them as a good Tropheus keepers, I believe that he keep them in good condition and health since he had someone to learn from so I don't have any doubt concerning their health and maintenance until now.

If I can keep them in above mentioned tank I will probably purchase them, if not...

I can provide them larger tank, but than I could not keep them in my living room, I can keep them in my fish room...BUT my living room is a "center of my rest and activities"...I wish to keep them there....if you know what I'm saying...
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Sure can keep them in the 100 gallon.. they are at a good size to grow out in that tank...
Can also keep the leptosoma with them.. Depending upon their sizes... Again both will grow out nicely in that tank..I think it would be fun to watch them grow...

You can always weed out the extra males to a certain extent...

You will have fun with these Alex....

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Warlord, do you know a difference between Tropheus Katoto and those you said Katoto red dorsal?About the quality of fishes and their owner, you are right.Yes, you can keep them in mentioned tank.
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I am not so sure about morphological difference, I know that "standard" Katoto don't have red dorsal , they have purple...that is concerning their appearance...

Tell me the difference if there is any, please, so I can learn...
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Katoto is Katoto.Those comments like "red dorsal", "nice" "fine" "x rainbow" are commercial "names" and in my opinion, their only use is to confuse people or to make some kind of "difference" between traders.No need for that.Location is quite enough.If that red dorsal thing means that those fishes look different maby from their origin shape and colours, I would not recomend them to you, but I dont think so."Obična fora".
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So lets say that they are "ordinary" Katoto, the Q's remain:
Can I keep them in approx 100 gallons,(120cmx60cmx60cm) them alone without any other species?
Do you recommend me to keep some other species with them or not?


I believe that billansor is right concerning keeping leptosoma with them and I believe that I will do so...Cyprichromis leptosoma Jumbo kapemba is on my mind...
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Some leptosoma - ok.Other tropheus species - no.You will end with one dominant species and the other subdominant, with no chance to show its full potencial.I had those problems and I still have it.
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Is 120x55 large enough for them?
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I wouldn't keep jumbo cyps in a 4 ft. tank, reg. cyps (utinta, mpulungu) yes. I have kept jumbo cyps with tropheus and the cyps had all their fins removed pretty much imediately (same goes for paracyps) The cyps were able to eat and survive but that's about it. There are people that keep them together and spawn them, but like I said, 4' tank no good for jumbo cyps.
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I was afraid that this could be the case...Tropheus are eating frenzy and I thought that they could do it, but I was hoping, they are fast so they can escape from nasty bites of Tropheus...
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