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14 t. dubs in a 180

Postby fiupntballr » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:56 am

14 t. dubs in a 180

Hi Guys,

So im beginning to wonder. I had 15 T. dubs but one passed away early on but the other 14 fish are super healthy and growing.. Still small juveniles about 1 1/2 to 2 inches.

My questions are:
Is this number too small??
If I mix a T. moori type would it adress a numbers issue if it is present?

What do you guys feed T. dubs to maximize growth
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Postby geoff_tropheus » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:26 pm

1. 14 Dubs makes a nice group

2. There is no numbers issue with the Duboisi, but if you wanted to add more fish to a 180 gallon standard 6ft x 2ft x2ft aquarium, you could put as much as 60 Tropheus in the tank with 7-10X filtration turnover and the Tropheus are the only swimming fish in the tank.

3. The more you feed, the more room you give them, and the more rigorous your water change schedule is, will make the Duboisi grow as fast as their genetics will take them.

In my opinion, I would do a Tropheus only tank, and put two groups of 20 fish in there.

20 Duboisi, and then 20 of any other Tropheus variant in there you wanted, as long as it was not another Duboisi type. If your not interested in getting another Tropheus type, up your Duboisi to about 25 fish. This should fill the tank nicely once they reach full size.

Continue feeding what food you are feeding now, and then start blending in New Life Spectrum Cichlid Forumula over a two week period until your 100% on NLS. Then feed that twice a day. I woudl also feed a flake food as staple one with high vegtable content.

Perform weekly 50-75% waterchange.

Have 7-10X filtration turnover inthe tank.

Best of luck!
300G Petrochromis Trewavasae & Tropheus Lunangwa
300G Petrochromis Orthognathus Tri-Color & Tropheus Kambwimba
180G Karilani Island Duboisi & Rutunga & Katoto
180G Ikola
150G mpimbwe Red Cheek
150G brichardi Ujiji
115G annectens Kekese
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Postby geoff_tropheus » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:47 pm

if your really wanting them to grow big and fast, I would look to adding just a couple females.

I normaly advise not less than 15 fish in 6ft tank, I just hate to tell you go get 1 more :lol:
300G Petrochromis Trewavasae & Tropheus Lunangwa
300G Petrochromis Orthognathus Tri-Color & Tropheus Kambwimba
180G Karilani Island Duboisi & Rutunga & Katoto
180G Ikola
150G mpimbwe Red Cheek
150G brichardi Ujiji
115G annectens Kekese
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Postby fiupntballr » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:02 pm

So im runnig a 305 with pure bio media and an Fx5 mixed mechanical and bio load thats about 5 x water filtration considering filtration media reduction.

Water seems to be holding up well and I am doing 5 day water changes of about 30% water changes and im feeding them 2 to 3 x NLS 1mm cichlid forumla
THEY LOVE THAT STUFF!!!
My fish are growing for sure... My GF was gone for three weeks and when she came back she was like wow theyve grown.. harder to notice when you stare at them every day...

I do have some cyprichromis in there right now and they seem to minlge just fine no aggression to the cyps what so ever. I have one guy starting to show a bit of a band and its pretty wide which is cool.

I think what I will start doing is doing the watre changes in a bit larger increments.

my water tests are usually 0-0- ~10( not sure onthe sensitivity of the nitrate test)
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