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Target fish for Tropheus

11 years 7 months ago #2920 by
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Yeah, the clay...  i still think that sounds like a bit of hooey.

I am using ultima.  The veggie and color pellets are getting out of hand.

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11 years 7 months ago #2916 by Nuchal Man
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Dianichi Pellets are great, especially the Veggie Deluxe for the tropheus. It has clay, which helps with the digestion, and is a very good, fiber based diet for them. I find that very few of my fish like Dianichi foods, but for any of the herbivores, they are great, and they really like them.

I have a confession. I'm a cichlaholic.

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11 years 7 months ago #2914 by
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I have switched all my mbuna, tropheus and petros to pellets. 

QUALITY pellets - not junk.  I have been using dainichi and NLS with great results.

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11 years 7 months ago #2908 by whetfish
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I've thought about the tropheus and demasoni combo but have not tried it.  I think the color and shape contrast found be quite a site to see.

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11 years 7 months ago #2904 by forumadmin
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What fish do you have in your tropheus tanks to disperse aggression?

I have a young group of Ujiji (18) growing out in a 95 gallon and am interested in peoples' ideas.


I agree with the others. Tropheus don't seem to notice other fish that much. One challenge in finding tankmates is a diet issue. Tropheus need a lot of fiber and veg in their diet. Tankmates need to be OK with that. e.g. I'd love to keep Cyps with Tropheus, but their diet is incompatible.

Another challenge is that Tropheus are really active fish. The move around a lot. You need to put them with fish that can handle that.

I've often wondered how Tropheus and Demasoni would do together. Anybody ever try that?

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11 years 7 months ago #2748 by
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There might be something to it.

Sex and food - they all need it.

With good lights - 10000k for instance you will grow algae.  You may never see it because they will eat it before it is a problem.

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11 years 7 months ago - 11 years 6 months ago #2738 by Finnegan@large
Mike-
Here is a thought that you may have some input on.  I have wondered for a while if being able to graze provides a point of focus and an outlet for these high-energy, high metabolism fish instead of/as an alternative to acting out through aggression against one another?

Granted, providing the material to graze on complicates the issue.
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11 years 7 months ago #2735 by
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Interesting thing about the algae - you'll never se it.  They will graze on everything and eat the algae before it is visible.

I use 4" pvc elbows outside in a tub to grow algae.  weekly I switch them with the ones in the tank.  They are cleaned up in a day.

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11 years 7 months ago - 11 years 7 months ago #2715 by Finnegan@large
I had them shipped from a breeder in Mississippi.  I am looking forward to them growing out.  Not that I don't appreciate the flashy colors of some of the moori's or sp. Red's... I wanted to try one of the less-represented brichardi.  I have them in an acrylic tank with a black background.  Hopefully their yellows will look good in contrast.

If they end up looking anything like these or some of the others that I have found out there, I will be thrilled:
www.trophs.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t351.html

I have been considering the bare tank, ala-Pete Durkin's suggestions simply because of how he made his case for a reduction in aggression.  Nonetheless, I would also love to get algae growing under my power compact on the lava rock. 

The floating pipe is a great idea.  I have been thinking about duboisi's, but I may have a chance at some cheap sp. Red moliros.
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11 years 7 months ago #2710 by
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tropheus dont give a lick about other fish.  The only way to spread out the aggression is with more tropheus. 

18 is a fine number.

Bare bottom tank.  One big rock on one side, one on the other.

Put in a floating cave or piece of floating drain pipe o offer a hiding space for a beaten on fish.

pseudos make great tank mates for tropheus - the purists will scream heresy, but they will be fine.

Ujiji, huh?  Where did you find those.  they arent that common around here.

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