A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

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A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by Jim Cumming » Wed May 29, 2013 1:18 am

This tank contains fifteen Paretroplus - a pair of 'menarambo', six each of 'kieneri' and 'nourissati' and a lone 'dambabe. The 'menarambo' have managed to spawn three times in here despite the beehive of activity, although the lamenas are a recent addition. I obtained them about 8 months ago at around 1" and when they reached 3-4" (about 2 months ago), I put them in there. They have done well and as can be seen in the video, they're coloring up some, and no doubt, will start to "get rough" (this is an understatement) with one another. I'm looking forward to the challenge of raising, and (hopefully) breeding them at some point.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by damba » Wed May 29, 2013 9:51 am

Lookimg good and I hope the lamena continue to behave. I have 14 Menarambo together and they do well despite the odd split fin.

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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by Piotr Koba » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:31 pm

Nourissati! I hope they do behave but also spawn for you! :)

Very nice collection.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by Jim Cumming » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:44 pm

Piotr Koba wrote:Nourissati! I hope they do behave but also spawn for you! :)
Very nice collection.
Yes, Piotr, it would be nice! But where I am, very few people appreciate Madagascan cichlids. And when I spawn them, nobody really wants them. It's very discouraging.
damba wrote:Lookimg good and I hope the lamena continue to behave. I have 14 Menarambo together and they do well despite the odd split fin.
Thanks. Right now they're housed in a tank much too small for them. My Paratilapia and Ptychochromis are in a 180G and it seems to work for them. I've also got 150 or so 2"- 'menarambo' and I'd like to grow out and keep 8 to 10 of these. I'd really like to set up a large (>300G) tank for my dambas. They definitely do better in larger groups.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by Piotr Koba » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:51 am

The only Malgasy cichlid I've come across in Poland was Paratilapia sp. East Coast. I think for most people tank size is the problem. And those who have proper tanks prefer monsterfishes...
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by damba » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:43 am

They do so much better in large groups in big tanks. Getting 14 in the UK was virtually impossible I just hope they grow properly. Why do people not like Damba? I just dont get it.

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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by ciclasoman » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:02 am

Hello:
I view Malagasy cichlids, and explicitly only Malagasy cichlids not other Malagasy fish, as a niche-type of fish only meant for specialists. They are the Rolls Royce of cichlids in my opinion, not everybody can have them because of size and cost, when they get ill, you need to be very good at fixing them, fry are difficult to rear in aquarium conditions. And quite frankly, if everybody had them, I probably wouldn't keep them....
The rewards of spawning them are many. I love to observe them, their particular behaviors specially when I think that these are ancient cichlid species. I think if they were less interesting, less beautiful and more common, I wouldn't devote half of my income and all of my free time to keeping them thriving.
So kudos for Jim and all the handful of people around the planet who have a special place in their hearts for these lovely creatures.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by Jim Cumming » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:34 am

Very well said, Jose. You have a wonderful perspective on this group of fishes. And I share your thoughts about them.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by damba » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:21 pm

Totally agreed.
Btw these arrived today :smile: (not meaning to hijack)
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by ciclasoman » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:50 pm

Ha!! I see you finally got the dambabe....that's great! They had been in limbo a while. Of all my paretroplines, these are the most productive species. Once I thought dambabe were much smaller than menarambo but I know now otherwise, I have some that are huge, albeit a little smaller than menarambo.
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Re: A Few of My Madagascan Dambas

Post by damba » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:04 am

Hi Jose. These are more Menarambo. The dambabe are safe and well but still with Richard.

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