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I just bougt two wildcought M. Zebra. The female is now holding and the male is a beaut.
I also have juventiles of P. Elongatus and when they grow up they kinda look a bit the same.
Both species are from Mphanga and my question is: will they crossbreed??? :-?
I really hope not, but anyone with some experience???

I`ll put in a picture of my M.Zebra male. Just love it.

 

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Chances are they won't hybridize. I would try and get more females though, as you may have aggression issues with a male spending his time focused on one female.
 

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Thanks for that. I`m trying to get more females, but it`s hard. Not to many have them here. They have 5 **** going in the tank with them. If some of them are females can I keep one of them?? Or is that a really bad ide? The male is the father so i wonder if the geens will get bad in the end??
 

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No issue with keeping the children with the parents, and it will help with the aggression. If it were me, I would raise a few spawns, then trade my male for a different wild male, even if you have to purchase another pair. That way you'll have plenty of females, and an unrelated male. The genetics shouldn't be bad, but I'd still prefer to have the unrelated male if possible.
 

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Thanks for good answers. I will rais these children with there parents. Hope to trade them later. New blood is always good. :lol:
 

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Looks a **** of a lot like my Elongatus Mpanga. Only the dorsal is different with it being black until it turns yellow at the end. My male wouldn't be happy with him in the tank
 

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:lol: I belive u. I also have Elongatus Mphanga in my tank, but they are all fry. I may see some problems in the future so i maby have only two options: 1. get a new tank 2. sell the elongatus.

I bougt the elongatus fryes a while ago and the M.Zebra 3 days ago. Then i saw the picture of an adult elongatus and smelled problems..loool.. I will wait a bit and see. Don`t like problems in my tank so if fighting will start someone has to go...and i can tell u it would not be my wildcougt M.Zebras.lool
 

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Beautiful fish! :thumb:
 

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Very nice fish!

I think you'll have problems, too, for what it's worth, and I wouldn't trust spawns once they all mature if housed together.

Kim
 

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cichlidaholic said:
Very nice fish!

I think you'll have problems, too, for what it's worth, and I wouldn't trust spawns once they all mature if housed together.

Kim
As you've seen, fish that are collected from the same locale, often make very good tank mates, and have relatively low hybridization risk.
 

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Fogelhund said:
cichlidaholic said:
Very nice fish!

I think you'll have problems, too, for what it's worth, and I wouldn't trust spawns once they all mature if housed together.

Kim
As you've seen, fish that are collected from the same locale, often make very good tank mates, and have relatively low hybridization risk.
Yep. Agreed.

Very nice fish.
 

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The similarities in appearance and being confined to a small(er) area are what would concern me.

I do agree that housing species from the same locale works well.

And I do admit to being anal! :D

Kim
 
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