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I looking to stock a 55 gallon with 5 Ophthalmotilapia ventralis (white), 10-12 Cyprichromis leptosoma (Utinta), and 5-7 Callochromis pleurospilus. Any thoughts? Anyone see a high chance for disaster? Should I put much rock work? Maybe some low rocks for the female Callochromis to hide in if need be?
 

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:D DISASTER IN THE MAKING. :D

Ventralis in a 55 is hard enough by them selves for any long term. Take them out and keep the other two, maybe add a rock dwelling species or two
 

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Its even difficult in a 75,80,90 really any 4' layout is not enough IMO I like using at least a 6' tank.

This was in a 4' 80G and did not last long


Now in a 150G 6'
 

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I have some friends who are breeding them in trio's in 55's with Cyps. So going to a 75 in your opinion wouldn't help them need the length?
 

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mine breed in the 80G a few times but I could only keep one male at a time in there. other wise the dom male would just keep chasing and harassing the others to death.

In the 150 I had 3 males and 16 females. No problems.

I just like to make sure my fish have enough room.

You should try them in your 55G and see how it works for you. Some species of vent's are not as aggressive as others, well it might just be fish personality but just be ready to upgrade your tank just in case :)
 

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The Callochromis pleurospilus should also be in a 6 ft tank. The males will fight alot. When I had them my dominant male killed a few males and some females in 75G tank. When I movesd tehm to a 6ft 125. The killing ended.
 

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Heyguy74 said:
The Callochromis pleurospilus should also be in a 6 ft tank. The males will fight alot. When I had them my dominant male killed a few males and some females in 75G tank. When I movesd tehm to a 6ft 125. The killing ended.
Agree to a point,
I had pleurospilus do fine in a 4' tank for a long time..... years.
macrops on the other hand not too well. :dancing:

But I would still rather put any callo in a 6' tank
 

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I keep 2 males and 2 females of Callchromis Pleurospilus in a 3x18x20 tank and there's no problems with agression at all

And I've kept 2 males and 7 females of Ventralis Chaitika in a 4'x2.5'x2' and they were breeding like rabbits, again no problems at all...

That's my experience anyway
 
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