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I posted earlier with photos of my new moba in a 220 gallon and I was wondering if I added say 2-3 smaller females around "5-6" inch would one male be enough? All the 6 females I currently have now are all between 6-8 inch. My male is 14 inch including fins,my male is real agressive in defending their cave so I dont know if I need another male. So my ratio would be 1 male 9 female, So let me know what you think, is one monster male enough? I just got a spawn but she spit after 3 days.

 

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I'd be tempted to add a smaller beta male. If you do, I would make sure he is definitely smaller so your alpha won't precieve him as too great a threat. It's nice to have a beta in case something happens to one of your males.

Here's a couple shots of my beta (WC Kapampa), wish I had a shot of both together. He is about a third smaller than my alpha. For the most part my alpha leaves him alone but once in a while he runs him around the tank just to let him know who is the boss.





My alpha (I need some new pics)
 

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The guy I got the moba from said there was a beta male and he sold it right away because the male i have was to aggressive do you think one large 14inch male can handle 9 females buy himself? Any tips on getting the male to eat better my females are eating fine but the male is hideing when im around, but when know one is their he is all over the tank, chasing females.
 

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IME, female frontosa pick their mate--not us. any tank that houses one acceptable male will enjoy successful breeding. any tank that houses too many unacceptable male will likely not. IMHO.
 

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tanganyika4ver said:
The guy I got the moba from said there was a beta male and he sold it right away because the male i have was to aggressive do you think one large 14inch male can handle 9 females buy himself? Any tips on getting the male to eat better my females are eating fine but the male is hideing when im around, but when know one is their he is all over the tank, chasing females.
JK, how big was this guy's tank? A small footprint can cause that too.
 

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the tank is 6foot and is a 220 gallon, also since i have had these fish the females are all eating anything i throw in but the male is always hiding but i notice he is always out when know one is around and tips on getting my new male to eat better
 

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I've got 2 wc moba males w/ 5 wc moba females. I think it's good to have a back-up. I had 3 males and lost my prized alpha male over a year ago.

It took about 6 mos to get the new alpha male settled. I have 3 moba mommas that spawn regularly. Right now I have a jet-black wc moba momma holding eggs, 29 F1's under 1" in a diy floating nursery and 3 F1's about 1.75 inches in another floating nursery.
 

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I can almost guarantee if you add another male in the tank you will have problems. One way you can do it is by taking all the rocks you have in the tank out. Then you can add the new male in the tank at night when the others are asleep. They will wake up and the new male will be just in the tank. You will still have some problems, but if the new male takes on the sub-dom role it will end quickly. I have done this before and it worked for me. Make sure the new male is much smaller than the dom. male.
 
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