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Just wondering if anyone has ever put together a sole species tank of Protomelas taeniolatus (red empress). I love this fish, its colours and temperament are great in my mixed tank and I have been thinking about maybe giving it ago in a species tank. Just wondering what peoples opinion or experience has been in keeping a species tank of it.

Pics if you have any :)
 

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Thanks joea,

It will take some convincing of other members of my household to get another and larger tank, though i will work on it mainly because if i go ahead and do this, it would mean getting rid of my other fish (if i dont get a new tank) and i dont want to do that at all.

I'm interested in others experience with species only tanks (namely hap species), are they as satisfying as mixed? do the fish take on new personalities that you don't find when they are mixed with different fish?

Im very interested in it and will definately give it ago when i get a chance, in the mean time im just trying to get some feedback from people that have done it. Cheers :)
 

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I've kept P. taeniolatus with various peacocks and never had a problem. The only time I noted any real aggression from P. taeniolatus was when they were in spawning mode. The males become fiercely protective of their territory, but give it up pretty easily when they're done.

The only fish I could see being even somewhat problematic would be other Protomelas species that resemble P. taeniolatus.

The females are colourless but can take on a real silver shimmer to them and a fully coloured male displaying for a group of females can be a great centerpiece to any tank.
 

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sorry to get off subject but! :D

My tank now has:
2 male red eureka (one will soon be removed)
1 male benga yellow
1 male albino eureka
1 yellow calvus

The red emperess and peacocks would be happy together correct?
If so I will go ahead and order a few this week!

Whats the minimum tank size? Mine is a 55gall. If I put them in then they would be the last I add for fear of over stocking!
 

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that sux! LOL :lol:
Well I want to get a breeding pair of calvus going in there w/ the peacocks but I also want something different! I want a Mouthbrooder, any ideas? LOL
 

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I have one Red Emp in my 60 gal with a Ruby Red,Albino Ruby Red,Sunshine Peacock,Iceberg Electric Blue,Lithobate,Black Calvus and a couple Yellow Labs,no problems yet.
Here is a pic of my P. taeniolatus Super Red Empress
 

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go all haps and peacocks,for sure if your going to stay in the 55-70g range there will be way less aggerssion,im changeing the living room tank to all haps and peacocks they show nicer,dont get me wrong i also love the mbunas too hence the other 7 tanks lol
 

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yeah, i've got mine like merr does, only in a 65. They're awesome mixed together.

well it looks as though that is what everyone seems to do, keep them in a mixed all male tank or with mbuna...

ohwell, i guess i can understand that :thumb:
 
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