Hi Barbie, just stumbled across this....
You do realize you're pretty limited for tank mates that are suitable to go with them, right?
Hi Monty, adding tankmates to Tropheus is a trick, and the trick is what and how
you feed your fish.
There are a few "unwritten" rules, so I'd better write them down
Tropheus is THE main occupant of the tank, the rest has to "adapt" to them, with food, water, furniture etc.
A list of fish that do fine with Tropheus:
. Juli's are hardy fish that graze a bit too, or at least like some veggies as well. Stick to a single species and get a proven pair or a group of youngsters. In a six foot tank, any Juli will fit, but do NOT keep more than 1 species.
. These are even hardier than Juli's and much overlooked IMO. There are two "groups" of Telmatochromis; one is brownish the other strongly remind of Julidochromis, but less striking and with a stump headprofile. The striped Telmatochromis (brichardi, vittatus, bifrenatus and sp 'Zambia') shouldn't be mixed with Juli's; those will harass them. The brownish (bourgeoni, temporalus) will be fine with Juli's. Some Telmatochromis actually graze! Telmatochromis are generally peaceful, a group of youngsters wioll be fine.
. These are closely related to Juli's, and often look like big versions of them! If you like these sturdy cavedwellers, best stick to a single pair and forget about Juli's and Telmato's both, to keep things simple. Only experienced fishkeepers with big tanks should attempt to make combinations between Juli's and Chalino's..... But, like Telmatochromis, these are greatly overlooked, very hardy and well worth the keeping.
-Goby cichlids (Eretmodus, Spathodus, Tanganicodus)
. Somewhat more fragile than Tropheus, often; due to many being wildcaught.
Captive bred Eretmodus however are very nice tankmates in a Tropheus setup. Never kept Gobies before? best start with captive-bred Eretmodus and leave the rest for what they are. Like Juli's they should not be mixed, keep only 1 species of Goby. Best keep a proven pair or at least 8; in a small group interaction will be extremely agressive. Gobies however are completely oblivious to other fish, and combine fine with Tropheus, Juli's, Telmato's etc etc.
-Synodontis petricola dwarf
. Of all the Tanganyikan Synodontis species; this one's not only the smallest, but available in huge numbers; captive bred....and they do better on a "Tropheus-diet" than any other catfish from the lake....
They're completely peaceful, but social; get at least 4 or so, although 6-8 is better. Single or duo's are a waste of cash, because then they're very shy. Except for bucketsized tanks, I have yet to find the Tang-tank where petricola dwarfs are out of place!!
Us weirdo's keep other fish with Tropheus as well, but -and I will say this clear
- it should be left to experienced Tang-freaks to combine for example with Neolamprologus, Triglachromis etc etc with Tropheus....it's NOT
easy or to be taken lightly and requires a very strict foodroutine and "fingerspitzengefuhl" as well
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