Paretrolpus menarambo in 200 liters - 52 gallons, possible?

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Pablo Burchardt
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Paretrolpus menarambo in 200 liters - 52 gallons, possible?

Post by Pablo Burchardt » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:34 pm

Hello!

I open this topic because I a doubt arises.
In the next few days getting me 4 Paretrolus keychain menarambo juvenile 6cm.
This species in Argentina is very difficult to find, so you can get to keep them would be a great achievement.

The incognita that arises is the following:
- As come will be in an aquarium tank 40 liters fattening and quarantine. But as time goes pass to another aquarium. I'm putting my Fishroom which will feature aquariums 200 liters (65 x 60 x 55 Length, width and height) I would like to know if it would be possible to house them there, would they alone (4) until the formation of a partner, which would happen to be the only aquarium inhabitants.

Be possible or do I have to think in another aquarium?

From already thank you very much!

A greeting!

PD: Sorry for my English.

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Re: Paretrolpus menarambo in 200 liters - 52 gallons, possib

Post by Philippe Burnel » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:54 pm

I don't think that a tank less than 2 meters long could be fine for this species...

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Re: Paretrolpus menarambo in 200 liters - 52 gallons, possib

Post by Pablo Burchardt » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:14 pm

Hi Philippe Burnel!

Thanks for your prompt reply.

For most it's for couples only 1 nesecito 200 cm long?

I'm thinking about changing the draft Astronotus ocellatus in a tank of 480 liter tank leave this for P.menarambo.

As you see this tank for them? There are some fish with that can accompany fish cichlids of Madagascar not be able to get easily, but there are some African river option?

From already thank you very much!
A greeting!

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Re: Paretrolpus menarambo in 200 liters - 52 gallons, possib

Post by sidguppy » Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:39 am

they grow very slow, but they get HUGE.......

not just size, but characterwise as well.

I've kept an adult trio (1 male, 2 females), in a 1200 liter tank
that tank was 2,30m and it was too small

maybe if I didn't have other fish, but I kept a group of P maculatus in there, some Ptychochromis and a few Synodontis catfishes.

the menarambo's ruled that tank and in the end i traded them through the Verduijns to a hobbyist in Portugal, who had a pond for them.
I'm sure they are much happier in their pond than in my tank.

they can and do seriously hurt tankmates and hobbyist hands or fingers when feeling a bit cranky.
they bit me a few times. those visible teeth they got; it hurts

of all the cichlids I've kept, these are among the most intelligent, fearless and "puffer fish like" I have known.
pufferfish like character-wise.
they fear nothing, have a very strong bite and are sneaky enough to sneak up on you and then...take a nip!
I must have yelled and cursed a few times to the dismay of my friends in the same house. :D
"And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it"
Jean-Luc Picard

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