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was goin to keep some fronts with my Indonesian tiger but they grow to fast so now im thinkin of calvus. Only concern is if they are aggressive or are they similar in temperament to fronts. Also can you keep the different types, ie white and black ones, together? I know this is a lot of questions but im new to Africans lol. Thanks
 

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I don't know about temperment but keepiing a mixture of calvus regional variants is NOT adviseable. In my opinion opening up the door for variant cross-breeding is not an option.
 

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In many cases where cichlids breed like rabbits and you end up becoming overrun with fry keeping a species from different locations would not be advisable, however, calvus and comps take forever to reach breeding size and even if they did breed in you tank fry are so delicate and so small and slow growing that they would prob be eaten in no time. The only way to save fry is to remove them from the parents since one they start swimming outside the shell the parents view them as food to eat.
 

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dont really mind about breedin. Sure my dat will have the fry for lunch. Just wanna make sure they arent gonna be to aggressive for him. Know people keep fronts with tigers so if calvus are similar then i wanna get them.
 

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Frankly, I don’t know anything about Indonesian Tiger Fish, but given the size listed in the profile I found (18 inches?), I’d be more worried about the Calvus becoming lunch for Datnioid at some point. I’m guessing size is why people choose to mix them with Fronts?

That said, Calvus aren’t aggressive towards other species in my experience. They’ll defend a small area while spawning, but they don’t go out of the way to harass other fish. They much prefer to harass each other. With this in mind, realize that you’re likely to end up with all but one male Altolamp rejected from the tank no matter how you choose mix them. Multiple males tend not to work out well in the long run.
 

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Thats fine. Tigers normally only get to about a foot in size but take about six years to get there. Thats why calvus as they grow slowly. Was thinkin of just one male and two female with plenty of hiding places. My tiger is only three inches in size so sure he wont eat them. Thanks for the help. Ill let you know how it all goes.
 

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I'm still betting the datnoid picks off the adult females at least which is an expensive lunch. Thing is with Calvus is that they tend to not run and hide when defending themselves. Instead they stand (there is no swim word for "stand" is there?) their ground, folding their armored bodies away from the threat hoping to discourage aggression by fraying the lips of attackers.

They do sometimes find a crevice/shell and lodge themselves in it until the threat moves on but being that Datnoids are just as adept at ambush predation as Calvus I'm not sure adult female Calvus will even see it coming. The only reason I'm citing the females is that I don't see A tank raised Datnoid eating a 6 inch male Calvus although it will be SOME time before you grow a Calvus that big.

Point is, I wouldn't do it but if you got the cash to burn on the probability then no biggie I guess.

On a different note, Although I wouldn't mix lakes or any other locale (Because I'm terribly obsessive) but I can't but think a Datnoid and Boulengerochromis tank would be neat looking! It's gotta be HUGE though!
 
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