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Hey Guys...
I've read some articles, and some people say that cyps tend to do pretty ok with trophs...

now: in the profiles, it's calld a carnivore, the cyprichromis. In an article, I read they eat plankton... I could be wrong, but is plankton plant or is it 'meat'?

Why this question?

because I'm gonna install me a new 90 gallon to house my current duboisi, but I would like a school of cyps on top of them, to fill the picture (and some julies in between the rock work :) )

How should I think this over concerning the feeding etc? I feed my trophs spirulina based flake and pellets, but now and then I give them some regular cichlid pellets as well... Will the cyps survive on that diet? The julies shouldn't be a problem I guess?

Thx for any input!

Greetz,
Koen.
 

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Fogelhund said:
Plankton are a type of shrimp... meat.
Plankton are plankton, including animals (like shrimp), plants and bacteria. Any organism that occupies the pelagic zone, is considered plankton. Cyps are mostly carnivorous.
 

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For what it's worth, I tried putting my cyps in with my trophs, and the trophs took all the fins off them right away. I do have 2 paracyps in with them now that seem to be able to eat and survive, despite having their fins chewed up.
 

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i had a colony of 15 tropheus duboisi, and a colony of 10 cyps in the same tank and the tropheus stressed them out because of their fast movement. the cyps couldnt breed and some even died. i think julies could be fine. try paracyps.
 

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ok, so from what i'm reading now, it's a nono to put cyps in with trophs, but paracyps would be able to keep up with the trophs?
If you say 'try' paracyps. Does that mean they're gonna survive, or can they be happy in there as well?
 

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The paracyps will not be happy at all, imagine a male trying to stake out a cave in a tank full of trophs. The only reason I have 2 in with my trophs, is because they were culled due to deformities and I didn't want to flush them. They have chewed up fins.
 

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i think in a 90 gallon a species tank would be best for the tropheus. you dont have to worry about the fish not being on top because when people walk by the tank, the tropheus go to the top in a sort of school for food.
 

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I don't see why you couldn't keep julies in with your trophs as long as you gear your feeding towards troph sensibilities.
 

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http://canadafishtank.com/smf/index.php ... &topic=2.0
No way would I have expected the above tank to work but it does. :-?
Troph with Cyps (or Paracyps) can work and it can go very wrong.

Its kind of a question of numbers (lots of each) lots of open space the order they are added and luck.

When the Troph start breeding or get large and start to lose territories to each other they can turn on the Cyps too.

As a first venture into Troph or Cyps (or Paracyps) I would not recommend it but if you keep and breed both yourself, well you have lots to play with. :wink:

And tanks to move em too and keep em separate if/when the display tank goes wrong.
 
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