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Ophthalmotilapia Boops advice needed

1 week 1 day ago #37576 by adamjamesk
adamjamesk replied the topic: Ophthalmotilapia Boops advice needed
Had the fish for 11 days. 1 male has been pretty apparent from the start. Yesterday he was no longer mostly silver, but a sooty black. Very small tingles of blue ear the caudal. There is a female holding. He's actively chasing fish but not particularly defending a zone. No sand being moved around or bower.

Any experience with stripping these? Should I go in after lights out to strip? Wait a couple weeks to strip or go for it in a few days and tumble?

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3 weeks 21 hours ago #37575 by Adam James K
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3 weeks 23 hours ago #37574 by Adam James K
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Thank you Jason

I jumped the gun and started scaping last night. Finished, filled and got filtration online. Then I read your reply. Sounds like 2 males fully colored is a pipe dream. These are coming in at a decent size from Alan Bliven. 2.5-3".

Please take a look at the attached photo and suggest what changes should be made. Open sand areas are lacking. My idea was to provide raised platforms for male(s) to claim, with areas for females to find refuge. I am lacking line of sight breaks in the center, but there are some on the left side?

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3 weeks 1 day ago #37573 by scubadiver
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I love Boops have kept them once before -

They are the meanest of the feather fins, I have owned and their aggression as you will find out is different than the mbuna.

Landscaping - they will do love sand but they like rocks as well -

I would get some big river rock to allow the females and subs dominate to escape the males. The dominant males will typically take 2 foot section and nail any fish that comes into when they are flashing / dancing.

Design the tank with two sand areas and something in the middle that can break up the line of sight and then keep areas for the females to hide in.

Good luck and keep us posted.

The speed of Boops is what is incredible.

Cheers,
Jason

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3 weeks 1 day ago #37572 by Adam James K
Adam James K created the topic: Ophthalmotilapia Boops advice needed
Hello

I have ordered a dozen of these fish, to be housed in a 125 gallon 72x18". I've done research at C-F, cichlidae.com and some older posts on here where the fish is discussed. Research on featherfins as a whole, as well. The goal is to certainly breed this species.

My issue is determining a proper aquascape. In the lake this fish lives and defends territories in the rocks. So the scape shouldn't mirror something you would do for C. Furcifer/Foai? If provided with rocks that are flat and up off the substrate(I'm using sand), will Boops utilize this for territory and spawning? If provided with this, perhaps it will not create bowers in the sand? I would also provide rockwork to break lines if sight and refuge for females.

Am planning to add Cyp. Leptosoma Kitumba jumbos as the lone tankmate. I've read that these would coexist with Ophthalmotilapia. I know there is a dietary difference between these 2 fish, but looking to use a quality pellet like NLS or Northfin as a staple.

My experience with Tangs is extremely limited. I'm prepared for the aggressive reputation Boops carries, as I have kept quite a few mbuna species including Melanochromis, Tropheops, etc.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Adam

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