fmueller wrote:I'll be getting a breeding colony of tricolor cyps this weekend. They'll go into my 125G. Currently the tank only has a few BN plecos, and the main goal of this setup will be to breed the cyps. I've kept Utinta for years in my 240G. The females are always holding, but I get no fry due to all the other fish. I don't want to add much to the 125G, but I've been wondering if some sandsifters or muddwellers might work. Will they prey on the cyp fry? Are there any particular species that should work well or that I should avoid? I've been thinking about trying my hand on sandsifters/muddwellers for years, but this would be my first attempt.
If by muddwellers you mean species like t. otostigma, they will definitely eat fry they can get to. My cyps even eat cyp fry, so not sure you'll get fry even with a species tank. I've heard others are forced to strip females to get any fry survival. I've had many cyp females holding, but never any fry.
I have had success getting paracyp fry to grow out in a tanks that also includes x. sima illangi (sold as, but may be boulengeri). So, if you stick with xeno's that stick to the sand, you may have some success. Some are more rock dweller. My paracyp fry stay to the upper corners of the tank until large enough to move out safely. Neither the xeno's or adult paracyps go after them.
And if you are interested in the otostigma, let me know. I sold off my breeders, but they gave me a large brood that I'm growing out now before they left. You can have all you want. PM me if interested. You know me on another forum as prov356, where we've chatted a bit. I still would like to get down to you and see your tanks.