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Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby Marley15 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:58 pm

Hey all,

I have a 135g tank (6ft) community Tang tank with too many male cyps. The dominant male prefers no competition so the other males are forced into hiding 24/7. There are 4 males and 5 females. I'm thinking of either getting rid of the females, or moving them to another tank with just 1 male for breeding.

I'm looking for others experienced in keeping a male only cyp tank and their recommendations for my specific tank.

I have Jumbo Specklebacks, how many males would you put in a 6x2x1.5ft tank? Is the tank too small for Jumbos? Also, would a 4ft tank be too small for a small breeding group? I assume so..

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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby Fogelhund » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:12 pm

The real problem is that you just don't have enough period. Boost the group up to 20 to 25 or so, and that problem goes away.

6ft tank is fine for Specklebacks, a 4ft tank is not.

I can't say anything about a male only tank, as I've never heard of someone keeping one.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby Marley15 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:03 pm

I agree I don't have enough, but I'm not sure I agree it will solve the male aggression problem. The previous dominant male was a bit more relaxed but he has been overthrown by one of his sons who is less tolerant. Not to mention, getting 15-20 more females from anybody is a total pipe dream. They would have to be raised from juvi's and I'm not willing to go through all that buying/selling off. I appreciate your input however.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby noddy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:57 pm

I had a group of 14 male Jumbo Molro Blue Orchids in a 6' 210g tank that all got along great. Constantly displaying at each other and coloured up.
I ended up splitting the group in half and all #%$& broke loose. I don't think putting them in a 4' tank is the answer. It sounds like the male is ready to spawn though. If you strip the females after 18 days or so you can end up with a nice sized group in a relatively short time. I wouldn't be concerned about the ratio of the group (adding back females only), I have found it to be irrelevant with my cyps.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby DJRansome » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:08 pm

Really 100% male works? I've heard 50/50 recommended, but never anything higher than that ratio.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby noddy » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:41 pm

DJRansome wrote:Really 100% male works? I've heard 50/50 recommended, but never anything higher than that ratio.


Like I say, it worked when there was 14 of them but not when I cut the group down to 7.
Right now I have a group of 8 W.C Colouratus and 4 small f1 juvies that I've only had for about a month.
They are taking a while to settle in and it's difficult to say what the ratio is.
I know for sure that there's one female as of this morning :D, and there's only two that look alike.
I also have a group of paracyps that are 8m/2f that get along great.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby T-Royale » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:58 am

I have a small breeding group of 1M:4F Jumbo Cyps in a 4 ft 75g that usually breed bi-monthly. The male is about 5" and females are 3.5-4.5". I originally had 2m:5f with no problems. Both males would constantly display but I removed one male so that the prefered male would only breed and one female died after stripping her. The tankmates include 3 Mastacembelus eels, 3 Alto. Comps, 1 Xenotilapia papilio and pair or Eretmodus. The Altos and eretmodus breed monthly to bi-monthly as well. Im hoping to add 3-5 more Xeno papilio tembwe if I can ever locate some and also at a decent price.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby jsyteng » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:58 pm

I have 4 Utinta males, no females in a 75G. Cruel? perhaps. . . They are constantly flaring and chasing each other, and have essentially divided the length of the tank into 4 territories. Not sure how long this very delicate balance will last, though.
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Re: Cyprichromis Male Only Tank

Postby casinomort1 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:46 pm

I tried to run 11 blue flash in a 55 gal from small fry.

A year later I have 6 that spawn like crazy but the aggression of the main male keeps almost all of them hiding 24/7. They are mean to each other, very rough!

I need a bigger tank.
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