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saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Alexpol08 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:23 pm

I just built a 3ft tank. It's 36"L x 19"W x 13" high. Approx 36 gallons.
Is that suitable for some saulosi? One trio, two trios, etc.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:00 pm

3m:9f is what I would shoot for.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Alexpol08 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:11 pm

Seriously? In that small of tank?
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:11 pm

I had difficulty with more than 1 male in a 36x18." I was swapping males around trying to get more than 1 colored up or not trying to kill each other. In the end I settled on 1 male and several females. There are several members that have reported success with that 3:9 ratio and having all the males colored up.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby tanker3 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:13 pm

I have 3 males and 10 females, but it is a 58gal tank.

With a 36 gal tank, I would only get 1male and 5 females.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:29 pm

We used to have a Member Chapman76 who had 30" tanks with 3m:9f and all colored up. Great pictures.

I would try for it. It may or may not work, but you would still have the 1 colored male at least.

Similar to how demasoni can work in a 36" tank.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Alexpol08 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:40 pm

Hmm I may lean towards caution, so 1 male and 3-5 females would be acceptable?

Also I didn't know about demasoni's do they hold the same principal? 1male to 3 females?
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:15 pm

Alexpol08 wrote:Hmm I may lean towards caution, so 1 male and 3-5 females would be acceptable?

Also I didn't know about demasoni's do they hold the same principal? 1male to 3 females?


More like one male to 14 females... LOL... You'd want 15-20 fish... the ratio... the more females the better.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Alexpol08 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:14 pm

wow seriously?! For both saulosi and demasoni? I wasn't wanting that many fish in this tank lol
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:28 pm

Finding sexed female Saulosi may be a challenge. If you're buying Fry just keep as many males as the tank allows.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby DJRansome » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:10 pm

Demasoni are more difficult to keep than saulosi. Agree you will not likely find sexed saulosi.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby Alexpol08 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:36 pm

I thought it was fairly easy to sex them? Yellow female, blue black male. I know the males can sometimes go yellow, but I didn't think it was that hard to find them.
Also what is the least amount of saulosi's I can keep? I wasn't planning to keep alot of fish in this tank. If they're happier in a larger group I can always go with another fish. The fish well being comes first
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby tanker3 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:04 pm

Alexpol08 wrote:Also what is the least amount of saulosi's I can keep? I wasn't planning to keep alot of fish in this tank. If they're happier in a larger group I can always go with another fish. The fish well being comes first


1 Male and about 5-6 females.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby DJRansome » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:01 pm

Juveniles are all yellow-orange and the fish are sold as juveniles. Only when the males mature do they get the blue bars.
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Re: saulosi in a 3ft tank?

Postby DutchAJ » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:38 pm

Alexpol08 wrote:I thought it was fairly easy to sex them? Yellow female, blue black male. I know the males can sometimes go yellow, but I didn't think it was that hard to find them.
Also what is the least amount of saulosi's I can keep? I wasn't planning to keep alot of fish in this tank. If they're happier in a larger group I can always go with another fish. The fish well being comes first



Iggy and DJ are saying that finding matured Saulosi that are confirmed females for sale is hard to locate. They are easy to ID Once mature, it's just finding them for sale that's hard to do.

I actually just bought 6 mature females but the vendor is now sold out. You can PM me for their info if you would like.
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