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will this stock work?

Postby jgrillout » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:28 pm

Is it always necessary to have 2 females per male? is it okay just to have males of each of these?

Here is what I'm considering buying. they are sold as being 1.25-2.0 inch.

2 female red germans to be companions with my exising male 3"
2 female lemon jakes be companions with my exising male 2.5"

brand new
2 females & 1 male "Star Sapphire" Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania


I alread have 1 femal ventus 6" that has always been a peaceful lady. And 1 2" OB what i'm okay with re-homing.
75 gallon freshwater
male Star Sapphire hap
male black orange dorsal hap
male electric blue hap
male red empress hap
male blue dolphin hap

female Lemon Jake
female German Red
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Re: will this stock work?

Postby james1983 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:45 pm

Having all males is fine, as long as they look different from each other. I would not mix the females of any peacocks, they look too much alike and hard to tell who is who. Also you'll want more that 2 females for each male, I would do 3, but 4+ would be better.

How big is your tank? The star sapphire may not fare to well with the venustus.
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Re: will this stock work?

Postby jgrillout » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:54 pm

It's 75 gallon. So 1 female & 1 male of the same species is a really bad idea?
75 gallon freshwater
male Star Sapphire hap
male black orange dorsal hap
male electric blue hap
male red empress hap
male blue dolphin hap

female Lemon Jake
female German Red
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Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:33 pm
Location: ohio

Re: will this stock work?

Postby james1983 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:40 pm

jgrillout wrote:It's 75 gallon. So 1 female & 1 male of the same species is a really bad idea?


Yes very bad. If the male wants to breed and the female doesn't, there's a good chase she will be harassed to death. Same with if they breed and the male is ready to go again and the female isnt.

I would rethink the venustus for a 4ft tank, mine goes through spurts of trying to claim a 6ft tank.
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