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    I just rejoined the AC site recently and have some questions about setting up an already running FW tank. I have a 50g and I'm interested in setting up a tropheus (possibly duboise) species aquarium. From what I was reading on here it says it's best to have 3 males along with a dozen females in order to disperse the aggression. That seems like way too many fish for the size tank I have considering they grow up to 5 in. in size. Is it possible to keep a smaller group of tropheus, say 6-8 and still curb their aggression?


    Currently the tank only has a mature (8 in. or so) Ocillefer synodontis and a sm. petricola synodontis catfish. I'll have to add more hiding places since I only have 1 decent sized driftwood, along with an arrangement of rocks & clay pots. The substrate is silica sand. Any advice on water parameters would really be helpful as I am not as well versed with African cichlids as I am with other cichlids.

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    I forgot to mention I have two HOB filters, 1 (350) & 1 (280) emperor brand filters. I imagine better filtration and/or water flow will be in order as well..

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    What size is your tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fissh View Post
    What size is your tank?
    It's a 50 gallon

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    Tank is simply too small for a colony. Tropheus really need to be kept in large numbers, or as a single fish. Aside from the adults there will be fry growing out too.

    ^^^Please click the eggs/dragons, thanks...^^^

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    are you wanting to breed them. or just have a show tank?

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    Thanks guys, I was afraid the tank was too small once I heard the ideal amount of tropheus to house. I would like it to be more of a show tank if anything.

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    You could do a tank full of yellow lab's and demasoni in a 50. More colorful and active for a show tank than tropheus anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    You could do a tank full of yellow lab's and demasoni in a 50. More colorful and active for a show tank than tropheus anyway.
    I have had mbuna cichlids before along with a demasoni. They were pretty aggressive, especially the demasoni, but I believe part of the problem was acquiring them when they were already half grown and/or not having a large enough group. Along with all the fry they were producing I wound up bringing them back after a few months.

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    One of the best Tanganyikans to show are Brichardi, 6 for the swimming part and some julies for rocks.

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