Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:20 am
While I was searching for smallish Victorian-types, I found a bunch that I really liked. I will list those that caught my eyes, could you tell me if some could be kept together and in what amounts/combination ?
» Paralabidochromis Chromogynos Zue
» Haplochromis sp. Red Fin Piebald
» Haplochromis/Paralabidochromis Sauvagei
» Haplochromis Enterochromis Paropius
» Pseudocrenilabrus Philander Dispersus
» Haplochromis Ruby Red
» Haplochromis Obliquens
» Pundamilia sp. Red Flank Nansio Bay
I'd like to know if some of those could be kept with others from the same list, and in what amount if possible.
1- Does the heavy stocking idea to reduce aggression also applies to Victorians ?
2- Could I mix 2, or even 3, groups from the species above ? Maybe 1m/3F each, or maybe 2m/5f each ? (I read having a non-dominant male helps the dominant one show more colors)
3- Could I mix 2 groups of the above Victorians with a group of Yellow Labs or of Lab. Hongi/Sweden ?
4. Could I mix 1 group from the list + 1 group of Yellow Labs + 1 smaller size peacock ?
5. Or could I put any group from the list with 1 smaller size peacock ? Or one group of Victorians + 2 different specimen of Peacocks ?
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DJRansome wrote:One way to do this is view the availability list for the vendor you have chosen. Then you don't have to disturb the vendor to choose among the fish that are available.
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Tom Jones wrote:So, from what I know so far, if I want to mix more than one species (and if it's possible in my tank) and want to avoid hybrids, my compatibility list (female-wise) would be :
Sauvagei Compatibility : Anything except yellow labs
Chromogynos Compatibility : Sauvagei, Yellow Labs (not sure about silver/gray females, not sure about Obliquidens)
Obliquidens Compatibility : Sauvagei, Yellow Labs (not sure about silver/gray females, not sure about Chromogynos)
All species in the Silver/Gray category : Sauvagei, Yellow Labs (not sure about Obliquidens and Chromogynos)
Yellow Labs Compatibility : Anything except Sauvagei
Peacocks : I have no idea (there are so many + Not even sure they'd be compatibles nor be too big)
(The above list is only based on the female ressemblance, I don't know about they temper compatibility, and other incompatibilities, and it's where I need your help)
Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:59 pm
DJRansome wrote:Even with a single species, you would overstock to the correct level and not just stuff the tank with fish.
IME single male Victorians do not color well, so what would be the point?
I would do the fulu or the ruby greens. Start with 12 unsexed and see what happens with the males...remove them until the colony seems happy.
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:21 pm
BC in SK wrote:I'm not sure where you are getting the idea that rock kribensis ( Paralidiochromis suavagei) is some how more similar to yellow labs because of a little bit of yellow coloration.
BC in SK wrote:There is never any guarantee with cichlids nor any way of for telling the future. The smaller the tank, the worse your odds of succeeding will be. Choose less aggressive specie and stock with sufficient numbers and you may have a decent chance. Encounter aggression problems at some future point might require removing an aggressor or a picked on fish. IMO, start out with at least 6-8 or more per species. You need sufficient numbers, especially in small tanks. A trio might have decent chance of working out well in a 180 gal., but it has fairly slim odds in 40 gal. for pretty much any mouth brooder.
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:07 pm
Do not open a new post. You need the people who have experience mixing Victorians with each other or with Malawi and they are more likely to hang out here. If you see old posts outlining suggestions, reply to each one and Members can chime in.Tom Jones wrote:I'm not completely decided on Victorians yet, as I found old posts on the forum that suggested some 36" Malawi combinations that I liked. I would like to discuss some of the stocking suggestion I've seen. Would it be better if I open a new post under the Malawi section, or I should ask my questions in my previous post under General Cichlids ?