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emperor cichlid?

Postby firetiger » Tue Mar 23, 2010 1:57 am

If I understand correctly this is a fish from lake tang? I watched a video of a pair fending off a turtle and was in awe. I have a few questions. Is this a species available to the public? (I was unable to find any for sale online) My next question is, what would be the minimum tank size to keep a pair in alone together? While I know for sure that it is beyond anything I could attempt in the near future (LOL) I would love to keep a breeding pair of these awesome fish eventually. I am hoping to be getting a 180 or 200 gallon tank soon, but have a sneaking suspicion that this would be too small! :o Thanks in advance for your answers and please refrain from the "You're an idiot!" posts. I allready know that. :D
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Postby KoenEeckhoudt » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:09 am

You're an idiot :lol: :lol:

I'm not sure if it 's feasable to keep them in a tank. If I'm not mistaken, they get up to 1 meter in length (3 feet). Never heard of anyone keeping them anyway.
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Postby firetiger » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:12 am

Just couldn't resist could ya? 8)


I did find a guy keeping a breeding pair in a 400G tank but unless I go TFG with it, that is not happening! LOL
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Postby firetiger » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:11 am

Hmmmm..... There are some for sale on aquabid for 59.99 plus shipping. 7" specimens. If only I had 5 grand to blow on a tank!
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Postby tranced » Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:01 am

we apparently had a pair for sale at work (before i started working there)

if you can find em in australia with its crazy import regulations should be easy to get them in the US

can help u out with thae tank tho sorry mate ;) how sweet would it be to keep them in a pool and go swimming with them???
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Postby Matt1986 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:28 am

I've heard of someone keeping a pair in a 8'x3'x3' with a colony of Mpimbwe Frontosa :drooling: I wouldn't want to keep them in anything smaller, but if you can get your hands on a tank that size I'm sure hunting some down wouldn't be hard.
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Postby Darkside » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:28 am

They are around, you need a custom tank for them. I'm kicking around the idea of it when I move later in the year.
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Postby Qaddiction » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:17 am

I know a guy that had a pair in a 240 gallon tank. The footprint was 8'x2'x2'. Amazingly enough they actually spawn for him in that tank. I believe the male eventually killed the female, but he sold off many fry from that one spawn.
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Postby Multies » Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:34 pm

Darkside wrote:They are around, you need a custom tank for them. I'm kicking around the idea of it when I move later in the year.


Go for it :thumb:
but only as you only get 1 tank right? :lol:


I do have to agree on a custom tank, they do get very large and most tanks arent 3' deep.
But that would be cool.
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Postby firetiger » Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:10 am

so what gallonage is an 8x3x3? Thanks for all your replies.
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Postby Darkside » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:54 am

Its about 500 gallons. I think they may need an aquarium even larger than that. I was thinking 8' x 5' x 5' for my own setup.
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Postby firetiger » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:02 am

here's a question. If northshore can successfully keep peacock bass and rays, and an arowana in a 360 gallon tank with other fish as well, why would that not be enough for a pair of these fish? Is it due to super high levels of aggression?
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Postby Darkside » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:20 am

Emperor cichlids are fast swimming, open water fish and that's why they need the extra space. :thumb:
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Postby Rhinox » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:40 am

My lfs has one of these, actually. In the 1'-2' range. Its in basically a cube shaped holding tank, roughly just big enough for the poor fish to turn around. I believe its for sale in the $100-$300 range. They say its a female. Sure would be nice if someone could give it a nice home. I certainly don't have a setup for her, and even if I did, I'm sure there are much cooler things you could do with a big tank like that.
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Postby Darkside » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:02 pm

I don't know if that's true, there's nothing cooler than the King of cichlids. ;)
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