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    Hello! I was curious if anyone could shed some light on the following...

    Typical time to reach max size for blue dolphin cichlid?

    Typical time to reach max size for yellow lab?

    Typical time to reach full size for red top zebra?

    Typical time to reach full size for red empress?

    Typical time to reach full size for Raphael cat?

    Typical time to reach full size for bristlenose pleco?

    All these fish were bought at around 1 to 1.5 inches.

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    The bushynose pleco will keep growing for a year, sometimes longer. They will be a good size at a year old though.
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    Whenever I have tried to research something like "growth rate" or time to maximum size as you're asking, the answer I always find is that it is dependent on far too many conditions to give an accurate general answer. Things like tank setup and stock, water temperature and cleanliness, and feeding quality/quantity/frequency will all effect the growth rate of fish.
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    Typically, without power-feeding in a appropriately sized tank*
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    If the tank is big enough, ample feeding, appropriate water changes, and no stress, you will get maximum growth rate. If you skimp on any of these, growth rate will vary.

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    They're in a 110 gallon tank. For their predicted max sizes. I don't really feel I can add much more. We rather have big fish then an overcrowded tank of smaller ones.

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    The time it takes for malawi's to attain full grown size depends on previously mentioned variables (species, water quality, diet, genetics, tank volume, etc).

    Starting the clock from when they're newly spat 1cm fry, they can attain 'adult size' at about the 2.5 to 3 year mark (give or take).

    With the fish in question at 1"-1.5" at time of purchase, a chunk of that time time is shaved off. Haps may have a faster growth rate than mbuna's but are generally larger fish and thus have more inches to put on.

    After achieving adult size, subsequent growth continues to the max limits of the species but growth rate is reduced (which is again subject to variables).

    They'll attain breeding age prior to achieving adult size. I've had female juvies still in a grow-out tank mouthbrood fry only 10 months after being born themselves.
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