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I have an empty 75 gallon tank and have taken in interest in setting up single species tropheus tank. Wow, these guys ain't cheap. Based on a quick search of online stores, stocking the tank with 12-15 juvenile fish would be well over $200. What is the reason for their expensive cost? Harder to come by than Mbuna and other Malawis?
 

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It is the fact that you need so many fish is what makes the situation expensive. You cannot just go with 5 fish.

Ten years ago I bought 30 tropheus kirizas for $423 Canadian. Two years later I sold the group for $395. Does not sound too great but over 15 months I sold 303 juveniles for $1491 so came out ahead $1463 not counting food and operating costs. Most I ever made in 15 years of breeding African cichlids!
 

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I agree with what was said...Unlike Peacocks or some Haps, tropheus require to be kept in colonies and you`ll end up with none if your ratios aren`t right.Yes, they are a little expensive but I love my tank of Ikolas more than my other 2. These little guys are voracious eaters, never rest, and color up beautifully. Save your $$ and you`ll be rewarded.
 
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