Discussion regarding only Lake Malawi species.
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:11 pm
Anyone on here have any luck keeping these guys?
How were their temperments?
Were they very active?
How big did they grow? I see on the species profile on here it says they can get 18"!!
What size of tank did you keep them in?
Were they worth it?
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:55 pm
I have 3 males in a male hap/peacock 220 gallon around 8-9". They are in there with other large haps, buccos, a frontosa. They are constantly showing who is the dominant one chasing one another but generally don't hurt each other. 2 are showing full color. The most dominant will chase the other haps and peacocks on occasion but not to hurt them. They are beautiful fish. I had one a couple of years ago that was about 12".
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:36 pm
gverde, how long did it take for your champ to get to 8-9"? Have you ever heard of them attaining the 18" size in aquariums?
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:11 pm
I raised a lot of different haps and the champs are one of the faster growing haps. When I got them they were around 2". Within a year they were close to the size they are now. I don't think they would get 18" in a home aquarium unless it was a 400 gallon or higher tank. Like I said previously, I have had a couple that only reached a little over a foot.
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:18 am
They do grow pretty quick eh! What other stocking do you have with them? What food do you feed them and what food did you raise them on?
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:42 am
Protomla hertae, Exochromis anagenys, Protemelas spilonutus, Tyrannochromis nigriventer, VC-10, Venustus, Mdoka white lips, Phenochilus tanzania, Lawanda, Otopharynx heterodon, Protemelas insignis, Bucco Rhodesesii, Bucco heterotaenia, Aristochromis christi, and Burundi frontosa. I feed them Omega one pellets.
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:45 pm
So you have 3 of the trout, what else do you have for total numbers for each other species? Do you find it relatively peaceful with that many big haps in the tank?
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:38 pm
I have 3 smaller Bucco Rhoadesii around 3.5" but they aren't a problem, 2 adult male white lips that fight every once in a while, but pretty much the tank is pretty calm. You will have a male fish on occasion that wants to breed and trys to be boisterous but they're cichlids.
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:55 pm
Do you have any pictures of your tank? What do you expect the final stocking to be?
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:51 pm
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:54 pm
Nice group of fish you have there! I've been wanting to add some Trout as well as a Bucco species to my tank.
What are those two large pink fish in your tank?
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:38 pm
Those are 2 extra male oreochromis esculentus. They are a victorian cichlid on the critically endangered list. I have a 125g with an adult group thats always breeding.
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Oh okay. They kind of reminded me of kissing gouramis lol. I like the stocking you have in your tank. Lots of them are ones that I hope to have one day.
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