I just got a used leaking 150g 72"x18"x29" (182.88cm x 45.72cm x 71.12cm) that I am going to reseal soon and build a stand for. Currently this looks like it will be my future Madagascar or Asian cichlid tank and certainly gives me a lot more options than a 75g would!
So, what could I keep that would work in there and not hybridize? I was thinking a species from Ptychochromis, Katria katria, and maybe Paratilapia polleni/bleekeri or a species of Paretroplus that is locally available or maybe Etroplus maculatus.
Saying all that a large group say around 15 Etroplus maculatus woudl look great also
I find they all get along great but do realise that when the Paretroplus get larger i may have to thin them out.
careful with this. everyone I spoke about Paretroplus told me this: the Paretroplus species from the Damba group -the ones that look most like marine surgeonfish- are all peaceful in a large group and vicious in a small group.
the Damba group includes macomandia, dambabe, menarambo, maculatus etc.
I have the same experience. I've seen some fairly nasty fighting, but since I have 11 P maculatus, the agression is diluted. fights don't last long and once a "looser" hides in the group the agressor seems to loose interest instead of following through.
because of this I actually plan to enlarge my group, not thin them out.
Zigster, I know you're UK based. no Katria breeders in the UK currently?
Marduk wrote:I'm likely going to go with Ptychochromis sp, and one Paretroplus sp. for now.
With the Paretoplus, are there any particular species that you guys would recommend? I don't want to keep anything rare or expensive just yet, and nothing that won't let the Ptychochromis get their chance to breed every so often.
sidguppy wrote:can't tell you much about the nourissatti, except that it's even more rare in Europe then Katria and that it's very hard to match a pair; the intraspecific agression goes through the roof with this species when it matures.
you might ask about the nourissatti on here:
or pm Michael Negrini. he's on this forum as well.
but I think if you want to start with Paretroplus, a group of maculatus, menarambo or kieneri would be a really nice start.
Ptychochromis and Paretroplus mix just fine.
duanest wrote:I believe the colors you've seen are typical, and do not vary much with age
Also, what non-cichlid tank mates would you guys recommend to be in the tank?
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