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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
1 male & 2 female German Reds
1 male & 2 female Lemon Jakes
1 male & 2 female Star Saphires
1 uncertain of sex OB.
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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
1 male & 2 female German Reds
1 male & 2 female Lemon Jakes
1 male & 2 female Star Saphires
1 uncertain of sex OB.
jgrillout
 
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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