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Keeping multiple variants of Tropheus and Petrochromis without interbreeding

11 years 7 months ago #2217 by
Yes, i have.  I didnt get the desired result, however, of spreading out the aggression.  I seperated two groups and ended up selling one of them.  The big mbuna worked to spread around aggression pretty well.

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11 years 7 months ago #2205 by Finnegan@large
Thank you Mike.  This is very good information.

Do you mix Petro variants in the same tank?

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11 years 7 months ago #2201 by
You callin' me out!?!?!?!!?

Just kidding.

Folsk always say x and y won't breed.  In general, and this is from some of the old "yahoo groups" boards of years ago, the following will work"

Duboisi / Polli (annectens) / sp. black / brichardi / moorii / sp. red / sp. ikola

You can mix and match just about any of the above with minimal risk of cross breeding. 

I would avoid mixing fish that are superficially similar like a sp. black kiriza and a sp. ikola. 

In addition, i don't think the sp. red is a valid grouping yet.  i would avoid mixing these with a true moorii.

As far as petros go - in my minimal experience - petros only see each other.  They absolutely ignore every fish in the tank except for con specifics.  The exception is my longolas with a group of petrotilapia tridentiger.  Both groups are constantly waging war.

pretty cool.

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11 years 7 months ago #2173 by Finnegan@large
I remember Pete Durkin sharing his wisdom on this topic last year, and am wondering if anyone (mikeg perhaps) can clarify how to keep different variants to tropheus together without a great 'threat' of hybridization in the tank?  Put another way, which tropheus can be reliably kept with which other tropheus variants?  Is there a reliable way to tell ahead of time without learning the hard way?

Also, what is the tendency for different types of petrochromis to breed with one another?

Thank you.

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