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I bought a very good looking 5" male cabro for my all male tank today. It is a 55g and I know that he may outgrow the tank. My all male mixed tank is becoming an all male mbuna tank - as they have killed any peacocks (except hybrids) and haps that I have put in.

I was afraid the Cabro may overtake the tank and kill off the other fish, so far he is being chased relentlessly by the 3" Demasoni.

I am unfamiliar with the cabro - what are your experiences long term with them?
 

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Ps. crabro get nasty from my little bit of experience with them. Not a species I'd recommend to anyone that is not experienced with raising cichlids of a more aggressive profile.

Long term - expect things to only get worse unless you have the right sized tank and fish numbers.
 

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Here is what is in the tank now:
1 cabro - 5"
2 Yellow Labs - 4"
3 Yellow Labs - 2"
1 Albino Scolofi - 3"
1 Demasoni - 3"
1 OB peacock - 4"
1 Strawberry peacock - 4"
1 Acei - 2"
1 Synodontis - 7"
1 pictus cat - 4"
1 pleco - 5"
8 tiger barbs - 2"
 

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I have seen a pair of these at my LFS, I almost baught them until he showed me the 5 fish that had no tales due to the pair breeding so much that they got hyper agressive and took off the tale of any fish that came near them.

But then again, it may be a different story if you trying for an all male tank.
 

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I thought I would give an update. The crabro is the biggest (6" plus tail) fish in the tank, eats anything and everything in sight, and is generally a good guy.

I think his presence actually keeps some of the other fish from being more aggressive towards each other.

The tank is overstocked and all is well for now.
 

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Hello. Just thought I would let you know about my crabro. She is a female, i have had her for over a year now, she is about 5-6 inches, and so far (knock on wood) I have never had a problem with her. She is pretty passive in my tank. I have her now in a pretty much all female mbuna tank, with demasoni, socolofi, auratus, yellow lab, polit, tropheus moori, brichardi, and bunch of little babies and she is definitely not the queen of the tank, even though she is by far the largest. So I feel very thankful. Hope that helps a little! :fish:
 

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Wow, my Crabro is the exact opposite of everyone else's. He's 8" long and he lives in permanent time out. He'd eat a demasoni if given the chance!
 

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Darkside said:
Wow, my Crabro is the exact opposite of everyone else's. He's 8" long and he lives in permanent time out. He'd eat a demasoni if given the chance!
I added a group of demasoni juvies to my 55g yesterday because most of them were too big to stay in their 10g home. Three of them were small enough still to make me worry, but I wanted to move them as a group, so I took my chances. As soon as I put them in, the crabro snatched one up and swam around with the tail sticking out of his mouth. This is his nature, in fact I have fed feeder fish to him before, but I didn't want him thinking the demasoni were for lunch - so I caught him and pulled the half dead demasoni out of his mouth. Now his demeanor toward these little fishies is completely different - like training a dog.
 

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I have a 142 g (150 cm*60cm*60cm) and in it I have mostly mbunas but also peacoks
In here lives my trio of crabros. One female and two males. (one female turned out male.. ;( )
I read all of ur stories and I have to say that my crabros are not as agressive as urs. They are kinda calm. Don`t know f it`s because of the size of the tank but they are not agressive.
 
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