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Similis Colony

Postby SamMag » Mon May 28, 2012 11:26 pm

After some advice on this board, I have decided to go the colonial route (no, not enslaving or killing indigenous peoples and taking their lands for my own). So now the question becomes can I keep a happy colony of Similis in a 20 gallon high tank (24x12x16) with a bushy nose for cleanup? If yes, then super, if not then back to the drawing board.
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby reflexhunter » Tue May 29, 2012 1:27 am

Can you keep them in a 20h, sure. I have a small group n a 10g right now, that being said, I haven't had any fry either.

The more I read on this species, it seems they are a little meaner than their multi cousins, so eventually I plan on rehoming them to a 20l with some rocks and such to try to provide some cover to encourage spawning. Hopefully maybe a few might make it and not get picked off.

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Re: Similis Colony

Postby reflexhunter » Tue May 29, 2012 1:40 am

Ok, so I just went into the fish room to turn of the lights and was looking at said 10g and I have 2 females guarding their fry lol IM STOKED!
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby SamMag » Tue May 29, 2012 4:36 pm

Excellent news! Both on the colony in a 20h and your fry! You should post some pics if you get the chance.
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby reflexhunter » Wed May 30, 2012 5:35 pm

Ill try to get some, but the little buggars don't like to hang out much!
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby reflexhunter » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:43 am

Image

Here is one of the females and her fry.
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby 24Tropheus » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:23 am

I keep my 10 similis in a 36"x12"x12" (about 22 US gallons yes?) but they do not as yet use the whole tank and are still young. Think a 20g even a short high one would be/is fine as long as you keep the population down (below 100s) when they breed. Hoping mine will produce huge numbers (hence the extra space). Lots of folk I think want to try them. 8)
Personaly I find the tank stays clean without a catfish as I limmit the lighting.
Tanks 180, empty revamping 100,65,60g Tropheus/tang communities 75g revamping. 29gx3 shelly communities, 29g Trigs breeding. 20gx2 shelly tanks. BCA member 207. Try it you might like it.
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Re: Similis Colony

Postby reflections » Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:23 pm

Gorgeous fish.....:-)

Have fun!!!!!
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