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P. friedrichsthalii...

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:43 am
by Chrisfits
I was lucky enough to pick up a few of these guys recently :)
Who's had experience with them?
Very rare find in aus these guys

Re: P. friedrichsthalii...

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:47 am
by Bas Pels
With P fridrichsthalli it is rather hard to predict their behaviour.

Some are very docile, some are not. However, they are never as agressive as P dovii or P motaguensae.

As a general rule of thumb, varieties with only a line from head to tail are more agressive than varieties with also vertical bars in their markings. You fishes seam to be rather small, perhaps 3 cm (1 inch and a bit) and I get the impression you got a variety with bars.

The good thing is - als your fishes mature, you will experience how to deal with them. Feed them daily, perhaps twice a day but not more (Parachromis are predatory, and predators don't eat that often. Further, small fish need to be carefull to stay alife, which hinders the feeding further) and keep providing them with a large tank with clean water and ample shelter as I think you are doing now.

good luck with them

Re: P. friedrichsthalii...

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:50 am
by Chrisfits
Thanks bas,
You're spot on with size all around the 1" mark, I've got 14 at this size looking to get a pair or 2 out of them... They're in a 225gal tank with a 2" Cuban that I just couldn't catch.
That's interesting about the markings & aggression I've noticed the darker few that are more aggressive towards the others are displaying the horizontal line & teardrop more prominently than the others... I figured maybe they were the boys.
I want to try get these re established in the hobby down here again such a pitty we can't get new blood into the country
Thanks again bas hopefully I can get a few good lookers outa the bunch

Re: P. friedrichsthalii...

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:35 am
by Bas Pels
Don't expect to seks them @ this size. most likely, they don't even know it themselves :lol:

Re: P. friedrichsthalii...

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:09 am
by Chrisfits
Hahaha yeah figured it would have been wishful thinking haha