Thanks, DJR. The HOB is 400gph and I have a sponge filter probably 100-200 gph and another powerhead/intake filter/spray bar unit that is rated for 350 gph. In the time since I posted I got plenty of sticker shock with the fish that I am interested in so now its a questions of 15 tropheus WC at $25 per or spend more than that getting shellies/cyps/callochromis....DJRansome said:What is the total GPH of your filters and powerheads. You probably do want at least 8X GPH for either option.
Either would make a nice tank.
I found some TR duboisi juvies for $9 ea!! Left the store before I got weak kneed It sounds like i need about 20 tropheus in a 75g to make this species work. Start with juvies and then hope for the hierarchy to settle in over time with maybe just a few/no fish lost. Cyps seem to be pricey and appear to carry the "fragile" label. 10-14 seem like a good number for them.punman said:Cyprichromis leptosoma (Utinta): I had ten in a 90 gallon tank. They were my first cyps.
Tropheus - I have had them three times. First two occasions, 30 fish. This time around, 21 fish. Always in a 90 gallon.
I cannot comment on shellies.
I use Hang-On-Back filters and strive for 8-10 times turnover per hour.
I do water changes one-third weekly or close to one-half every 10 days.
Are you planning on breeding/raising fry?
Cyp fry are slower to raise (grow). Tropheus have the advantage that both genders are coloured. Cyps have the advantage that they are easier to sex as adults because of colour.
If you want to talk, send me a message and I can give you a phone number.
LOL thanks DJR - the folks on this forum have taught me well I still remain interested if I can get over my nervousness. No rush is my goal for now....DJRansome said:Make sure you like the look of the adult fish, the duboisi don't keep those cute spots.