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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby Melbel » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:50 pm

DJRansome wrote:The risk is that the females would be killed. Maybe some males too in the process of fighting. And what kills them ends up being disease which spreads through the tank.

The first thing we do when trying to manage aggression in an all-male tank is try to ID females masquerading as males so they can be removed.



Just reread your earlier post. I misunderstood originally.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but what you're saying is that you have 3 males + at least 9 females of the same species.

So, for example, you have 3 borleyi males and at least 9 borleyi females, yes?

So basically in great generalization, 1 "colorific" + 3 "ugly gals" per species?
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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:43 pm

I like 1m:4f better if those are the only individuals of that species in your tank. But this is a big tank with a big swarm of fish.

The borleyi females are not all that ugly...dark gray fish with red fins. The Astatotilapia females are nice white with black bars. Just the peacock females are not the greatest.

My three species are on the medium aggressive tending toward timid side, so the 3 males are working so far. I'll let you know how well it works after they have been together 2 years. Although they are spawning, none of the Astatotilapia are full grown dominant males.
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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby Melbel » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:58 am

Thanks again, DJ. I read before that you ran an all-male tank of this nature before, but that you're not likely to go back to that.

I understand the "process" is never-ending to some degree, but I sure hope I can get started with out too much inner-tank drama. ;)
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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby engotski » Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:41 pm

If its a 6ft 125g tank, maybe consider a small colony of Zaire Gibberosas?

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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby Melbel » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:23 pm

It is a 72" wide 125 gallon, but I dont think I'd want a fish that gets over 12" with 20 other fish that top out around 6" (maybe 8). Seems that might just be asking for trouble on some level.
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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:47 pm

The recommendation was in lieu of mbuna...just a species tank of the frontosa.
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
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Re: Please Help! Need real advice!

Postby Melbel » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:35 pm

As of late Sunday, it's decided: Haps/Peacocks.
I'm too worried about aggression with all Mbuna, and the selection for H/Ps at my LFS is unparalleled...Well, for Utah at least. ;)
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