Would like some feedback regarding the aggression level of this fish when housed with several females in a mixed Malawi tank. Thanks.
This has been our experience with this fish. I think they would be an excellent choice.noki said:I have found Spilonotus Tanzania to be rather mild but still show color. They prefer the top of the water column much more than average, they stay away from the bottom. Not very territorial.
My goal is to stock an epic wimpy tank, so tired of African cichlid carnage but I just can't get myself to give them up, God knows I've tried but just can't pull the trigger. Hooked for life I guess :xDJRansome said:My chrysonotus are always wimpy.
I agree with you 100%. However it is safe to say that every species has an ''in general'' temperament keeping in mind that there are always exceptions. For example, Auratus vs. Maylandi. I never heard of an Auratus wimp nor a Maylandi tyrant.Steve C said:IMO it's hard to paint any species temperament with a brood brush stoke as to how they will be. There's too many factors that influence it such as tankmate sex, water quality, aggression of other fish in the tank, decor of the tank, as well as simply the fact that fish just like people don't always follow the rules of how they should be. I've had a few Spilonotus over the years, actually just picked a new one up a few weeks ago from a fellow member in our local cichlid club. The one I use to have in my 75g peacock/hap tank was a big sissy that got picked on quite a bit and ended up getting a damaged eye because of it. Now this one I just got a few weeks ago is only about 4" but colored up nice and doesn't take #%$& from anyone, even the 11" trout & eye biter know not to mess with him.
From this thread it would seem that a Spilonotus Tanzania would be a good fit for my set up. As for a fifth and final group, I am considering Moorii, I have not kept them in over 15 years and don't remember what their aggression level is when mature. Thoughts?DJRansome said:I like the wimpy ones too. I found the Taiwan reef to give me trouble with the timid haps, and thought the spilonotus would be the same, but I have never tried them...too big of a fish for me.
How much does that s#ck?!!! The worst thing about being a cichlidaholic is this scenario. Beautiful, and very expensive fish die by no fault of your own. You do everything right and then you come home from work and an $80 peacock is beaten to death without any prior warning signs. I was so close to giving up countless times because of this but I just can't get myself to trade in fish that I have had for over 10 years. It's part of the game I guess but it can be very expensive and heartbreaking. Nothing I love more than trying to net a beat up fish among hundreds of pounds or rockwork...yay what fun! This is why current mission if to design the wimpiest tank ever!Steve C said:She had to be taken out of my frontosa colony because she killed a 10" male and 6" female front
So it would seem that the Spilonotus Tanzania and Star Sapphire would be a good fit for my set up. The only problem is that being in Canada will pose a big problem for me to actually get these fishnoki said:Phenocheilus Tanzania "Star Sapphires" are much more "quiet" in temperament than Moorii. Moorii are more active, swimming about, token chasing each other.
A good pure Fryeri male can be very dominant in a tank, Lithobates are wimpy alternative.