Lestradea perspicax!

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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by sidguppy » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:06 pm

I've kept several sandcichlids with Synodontis including this one

no sandcichlid was ever eaten or damaged by the Syno's, but in short: DON'T

the best example I ever had to prove what's the difference between with or without:

in a 1 meter tank my Xenotilapia ornatipinnis group was spawning, carrying to term, coloring up, spitting out fry and even letting fry grow up with the parents.....

when putting them in a tank with twice the volume and 5 Synodontis polli (a peaceful species as Syno's go), the few spawnings were always swallowed after a miximum of 4 days, the fishes stopped their spawning attempts, fry disappeared and the colors were history.

when I put the group back in their 1 meter speciestank (the only other fish in there were some guppies as dithers), they went back on being a happy active spawning breedery.

Xeno's can be kept with catfishes, but as a catfish enthousiast and life long catfish keeper I still strongly advise you NOT to do so
can't say it any clearer than that.
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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by J-wedding » Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:50 am

I thought so, just wanted an opinion.


As I understand, Lestradea need alot of open swimmingspace.
But is it ok to place some rocks?
I mean, at a certain point females need to have some cover I presume?

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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by Gerd » Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:50 am

Hello!
J-wedding wrote:As I understand, Lestradea need alot of open swimmingspace.
Even so!
J-wedding wrote:But is it ok to place some rocks?
Why not? As long as point one is considered. There are rocks of this kind and rocks of that kind.
And remember: Lestradea, in contrast to Cyprichromis for example, claims part of the sandy substrate too, to be able, to build the craters.
J-wedding wrote:I mean, at a certain point females need to have some cover I presume?
No, not really. Lestradea isn't that boisterous when mating, like some other species are. (This is my experience. Maybe some other keepers have different.) My females would have found shelter in case of need, but in fact never used it. So, that's not the point, you need rocks for.
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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by sidguppy » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:04 pm

I found them to be quite peaceful; comparable with Enantiopus melanogenys (Xenotilapia melanogenys to be correct) and Xenotilapia ornatipinnis, except that they're as Gerd says highly active swimmers.

the females weren't harassed at all, the chasing was very mild and minor; most of the time they liked each others' company and stayed in a mixed group.
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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by Gerd » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:07 pm

I confirm this entirely.
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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by amiidae » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:44 pm

I maybe getting one.

photo fm the store. 3-4inch specimen.
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Is this a male or female ? I was told that the mouth is abit yellowish.

btw, how do they fair with tankmates ?

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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by cyatide » Thu May 01, 2014 8:04 am

It looks like a female (no black at all on its fins).



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Re: Lestradea perspicax!

Post by amiidae » Sat May 03, 2014 9:52 pm

Thanks for the advise.

Any second opinion ?

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