What is a good starter tank size and colony species of troph

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freude88
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What is a good starter tank size and colony species of troph

Post by freude88 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:23 pm

I am wanting to start a colony of tropheus and am wondering what your opinions are on a good starter size tank and a species would be. Keeping in mind that I do want it to look spectacular! :D

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Re: What is a good starter tank size and colony species of t

Post by sidguppy » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:22 pm

100 US gallons/400 liters, or bigger, length 5 feet/150 cm or more

number of Tropheus; 20 or so. you can start with juvies or subadults.
1 species, 1 variety of that species.
DO NOT MIX!

in this tanksize they can reach full adult size and breed without getting cramped.
yes, i know some people have smaller numbers and smaller tanks, but for a beginner, it's best to stay in the safe margin, not on the very edge of colony collapse disaster.

Tropheys are not hard to keep, if you stick to 4 things like glue:
-only feed a good quality "veggie flake"
-roomy tank
-enough individuals
-good quality water (oxygenated, no nitrates, good waterchange regime)

stay away from Tropheus brichardi, annectens/polli. and from wildcaught animals.
those are for experienced Tropheus keepers.

apart from that, if you keep captive bred Kaiser Ikola, or moori Mupulungu, or Moliro Reds or duboisi Maswa, or any other color you like, the differences are minute.

if your group is doing fine, some other fish can be kept in that tanklsize, for example Julidochromis or Telmatochromis or Eretmodus.
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Re: What is a good starter tank size and colony species of t

Post by freude88 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:59 pm

Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate the added on information about what types not to start out with.

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