the fish are:
(2)-Altolamprologus Calvus Ink Fin
(2)-Altolamprologus Compressiceps Gold Head
(2)-Altolamprologus compressiceps Tanzanian Black
and they are juvies. i had them air cargo from cali. to fla. they were a bit stressed at first and now are getting some what compfortable and eating a little not alot. i heard it takes a couple of weeks for them to fully get compfortable. im only 3 days deep with them at the moment and the tank is so big they dont even swim to the one side. lol
im pretty new with tang. *** always had malawis but im over them tangs have way better personalitys and are way better looking yea i dont know much about the breeding and cross breeding so if you have any advice let me know they just started eating and moving and *** had them for about 4 days now and when they get bigger how do you sex them?
Well what do you want to know? I've been keeping and breeding altolamps for almost 8 years now. I have keep ed almost ever variant there is. Yours will cross breed, all altolamp comps and calvus will cross if in the same tank. Comps to calvus and calvus to comps. As far as sexing them, its really not as hard as some people make it out to be. The best way of course is to vent them, even when the reach a inch you can tell male from female. There are other ways but there not as accurate as venting. First with Comps, males will at about 3/4 of an inch will start to drastically out grow females, this to for calvus too, but not as much. Then when they reach around an inch and a half male comps will start to grow a "taller" body with a much stepper forehead. Females will stay more narrow like the shape of an arrow. Anything bigger than two inches is pretty easy to tell male from female. Calvus are for the most part the same, except that the males and females forehead will have about the same slope. Males will grow faster than females. Calvus are alot harder to sex when they are young, then it is to sex comps. Really the best way is still to vent them. This is just my experience with growing altolamps, if you buy wild, venting is the best way because I have got females that you could swear it was a male. Just by the way it looked. I'm not sure if it was just a really old female or what.
Hope this helps some, It is just what I have noticed in the last 8 years
ok i understand thanks for the help.. venting? what is that? as far as the heads and sizes it looks like i have 3 female and 3 male but the calvus i assumed which i have 2 calvus and there all about an inch maybe a inch and a quarter there still little guys. its also a 55 gal how many do you recommend in that size tank?
If you go here http://www.fishhead.com/articles/ventsex.htm
You will find similar description of how to vent and also photos of calvus venting.
I think that was an
excelent description of TB vs WC Altolamp sexing by Furcifer158! :thumb: