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Hi All

I have recently purchased a adult group of Duboisi which are anthing from easily 3.5" to 5" in size. The group consists of 7 males and 8 females as far as i can tell with the experience i have !!

The answer i want to know is they have been trying to breed every day pretty much ever since i got them 3/4 weeks ago. When they start to breed the male keeps getting interupted and chasing away other fish and so far have had no females holding yet? Do you think it would be best to take out a couple of the males or just leave them as they are? I only have 15 in the group and dont want to make it too small??

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A friend of mine has a dub colony about like yours with a 50/50 mix, I also have a large colony of moliros that is male heavy a bit... Long story short both colonies produce fry... I am with you I like bigger colonies myself, you can take extra males out, but in a bigger colony it is not always necessary!! (I would not if there is no aggression issues) I think you will get fry soon enough... Your fish are probably still establishing rank and territory if you have not had them for too long. :thumb:
 

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Thanks Wes

No there are no issues with aggression :D and this morning i got up and i found 1 female holding and i'm sure another is too :thumb: I've kept and had cichlids breeding for years but never had tropheus breed before and i'm well excited about these holding :)

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What size of tank do you have?

What is the length of the tank?

How many fish are in the 4.5 to 5" and what sex do you think they are?

15 Adults need atleast a 48 in. Long tank. A group size over 14 fish needs a standard US 75 gallon.

The longer your tank the better, it will spread out the fish more, so they can secure breeding areas, and female/fry escape places.

Duboisi generally do very good in 1/1 ratio colonies, and a group size 10-12 or more.

Personally, I like sinlge colonies of 18-20 fish in a 75 gallon. Or 25-30 fish single colony, in a 125 gallon (6ft) as the best setups.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Geoff

I would say that 4 are close to 4-5" and the other 10 are 3.5-4". They are currently in a 4ft tank and seem to be happy it was just i noticed they was getting interupted alot :D . I have a rock pile at each end and space in the middle for them to swim and feed :thumb: . This group of tropheus seem to shoal about all together alot whenever i walk about in the room :-? looks fantastic but dont know why they do it??

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Ricky,

They are Tropheus and they have come to recognize you as God.

You are God to them. From you comes food, clean water, and most important Light. You also treat them when they are sick, and love them.

When they see you, they are really happy.

Sounds like your setup is in good order, you might want to try small piles in the corner and a huge pile in the center that breaks up line of sight end to end. This might help some with the breeding.

Best of luck man...er..great god of Tropheus.. :lol:

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Ever tried teasing your tropheus with the bag of food... :lol: When I walk into the room my trophs all swim towards the end of the tank closest to me, then follow me around the room. When I get the bag of food out and they see it... All **** breaks lose water starts getting thrown at me as they all ball up in the middle of the tank. (It looks like they are all bonking heads and everything) :lol:
 
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