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Astatotilapia calliptera?

Postby Riggs503 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:44 pm

I’m considering adding an Astatotilapia calliptera (Eastern Happy) to my all male 72g tank, but there’s very little information on this hap. From what I can tell it’s more of a rock dwelling Malawi hap. Has anyone had any experience with this fish? Colors are beautiful and offers a lake Victorian style.
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Re: Astatotilapia calliptera?

Postby DJRansome » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:11 pm

I had an Astatotilapia in my all male tank but it was latifasciata. He was just a LITTLE too rambunctious for my other timids haps to color with him in my tank...I removed him. I do have a group in my mixed gender hap peacock tank, but the borleyi stand up to the latifasciata better.

72G bowfront is a difficult tank for all male.

IDK if calliptera have different behavior, FWIW.
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Re: Astatotilapia calliptera?

Postby Riggs503 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:56 pm

Thanks for the response. From the limited info out there and some videos, the calliptera seems rambunctious as well. May pass on this dude.

I thought the 72g would be decent for all male. I’m considering the 5’ long 125 in a year or so, which will give the current fish some time to grow a bit. Wish my office had the space for 72” long, but 60” is about the max. Not many options out there in the 5’ width, which is pretty unfortunate.
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