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Altolamprologus calvus

11 years 7 months ago #2974 by dragonkeeper
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Very cool. I will probably keep one male in my Peacock/Hap tank and if the perfect scenario appears I will have another male to be able to breed a few of these guys in a 40 Gal breeder.

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11 years 7 months ago #2972 by Finnegan@large
The male will mate with as many females as possible.  Both males and females stake out territories.  Females will fight and defend their territories, which are ccentered around a chosen nest, against other females.  Males will defend their territories (which include any possible # of female territories) against other males.  Once established, the females remain close to their chosen "nest" area, while males patrol their territories, checking on their females.

In an aquarium, if the male is inches away from a female, there will not be much patrolling.  The fish will be very sedentary.

In a 50g breeder, I have had as many as 3 females spawning at one time with a single male.  Such an arrangement makes for an active male and lots of fry which need to be removed.

I have also kept a pair, with the male and female at opposite ends of the tank.  There was not as much action... or rather no action at all.  But I find that the benefits of this setup include leaving the fry with the parents, which appeared to me, to greatly encourage the rate of growth of the fry.

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11 years 7 months ago #2971 by whetfish
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I am going off what I've read so someone with some experience should correct me if I am wrong and or add info.  I think that they don't form pairs but you don't need a harem either.  So, no.  I think if you have one male and more than one female it can't hurt and the male may spawn with one female or both.  I have heard of people breeding them in pairs as well as in largeish groups, like 9 fish.

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11 years 7 months ago #2969 by dragonkeeper
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Ok this is basically my first Tang fish. Do these guys pair off or are they harem spawners?

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11 years 7 months ago #2968 by dragonkeeper
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They are just a little longer than a thumb nail. Just about an inch or so

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11 years 7 months ago #2967 by whetfish
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What size are they now?

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11 years 7 months ago #2962 by dragonkeeper
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well they are in a 10 gal now and eating NLS grow regularly. She has already done a water change and I will be showing this thread to her so that she cleans the tank regularly. Hopefully by the end of the summer I will be able to move them into a 30 gal for a while. One of these guys will probably make it into my Peacock/Hap tank when he is big enough.

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11 years 7 months ago #2902 by forumadmin
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Well Shelly finally found a deal on one of the fish she has always wanted. We stopped in at PetLand in Rockford and they had a 2 for 1 deal on F1 gold head calvus. So she picked up 4 of them. They are currently in a 10 grow out tank. Is there anything special about these guys as they are my first Tangs!


As previously mentioned, they are slow growing. You'll need to move them to a 20G eventually landscaped with a lot of rock.

To breed them, they need to be at least two years old. Calvus are crack spawners and like to breed in the narrow spaces between rocks.

If you come to a swap meet, some vendors sell what I call a "toaster". It's a clay, rectangular box with two, narrow 3/4" slots. I've had good success with them.

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11 years 7 months ago #2872 by Finnegan@large
Altolamps can be quite active in an aquarium at least the size of a 40/50g breeder. 

Put any human in a closet-sized space with food (and other basic amenities), and sure they can live there, but they probably wont be that active either.

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11 years 7 months ago #2870 by rm-slover
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what size are they? i have a bunch of smaller ones now and they are quite active. i also have a pair of adults and god are they boring. they take years to grow to a breedable size.

when they are smaller they are more sucseptable to water changes.


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