Large Tanganyikan Community Tank

8 years 6 months ago #30018 by whetfish
My concern is more with the Ruziba.  I worry the fronts will try to eat and kill the Ruziba.  Big male front is about 8" and the smaller female Ruziba is around 4.5" or 5".  The next concern is 10 boops in a 125, it might get ugly.

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8 years 6 months ago #30016 by cha523
Aaron,

The Ruziba get a bit aggressive when they dig their pits, chasing fish away,  but they arent threatening.  I had a group of Ruziba, now down to a female and male,  female has held several times but no spawns.  I bred them a few years ago then traded the fry to Sam Miller.  Large frontosa will be nice in 300gal.  Scotts used to have  4, 8" B.Tricoti in with adult Moba Fronts and they displayed nicely. I like to put big rocks in the 300 gal.  there is something about large rocks that works with large tanks,  giving it scale.  I would have liked to have put in large limestone or holyrock since granite is so heavy,  but I could never catch up to the rock guys at the swaps..

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8 years 6 months ago #30008 by whetfish
Yeah as a display the fish are tiny in the 300g but they've gotta be loving the space.  I've been debating putting my moba in, moving out the smaller tangs and leaving in the Ruziba.  But I worry about the Ruziba with the moba.  I like the idea of getting the moba huge in the 300g.

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8 years 6 months ago #30002 by cha523
I have had a 300 g show tank up and running since 2001.  I stocked with tangs, Daffodils, trets, Calvus, Cyps, Opthalmotilapia Ventralis, leilupi, and a ton of synodontis angelicus, mulipunctatus, eupterus, and a few plecos.  I had about 50 daffodils at one time as they bred  often and many of the fry survived.  I had a ton of rocks and hiding spots.  The problem was that even the ventralis were a bit too small for the display to be real fluid.  I have now have red head tapajo geos,, Nics, Angels and australoheros as wel as all of the catfish I kept in and congo tetras.  Lots of drift wood and fake plants.  Looks really cool because the fish are larger and more colorful.  I have about 25 tanks full of tangs in my basement.  Im in Evanston, not to far from you. 

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8 years 6 months ago #29978 by bloonguy
I've had cyps, julies and N. leleupi spawn in with the petricolas. None of them are going gangbusters as far as spawning goes but it doesn't really matter to me. It's a show tank loaded with decorations and it's really tall. I rarely try to pull any fish out of this tank because it requires almost a complete tear down to catch anything. I just accept that this is a show tank, not a breeder. Any spawning that happens is cool to see but I leave it to survival of the fittest.

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8 years 6 months ago #29977 by mikeg2929

Not sure what to say, are they getting enough food?  Or are there enough hiding spots?


Plenty of hiding spots.  Food? perhaps not, they get way out competed by everything in the tank including the paracyps which are the most timid.

For the pro petricola: do you have anything in breeding with them?

eretmodus cyanostictus - will these guys clean algae off glass and plants?


gobies graze.  do they scrub, probably not.

Breeding petros is easy.  raising them is a pain.  I always found young ones in my HOB / canister filters.

Feed b4 you go to bed.  Then the cats will get plenty.

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8 years 6 months ago #29974 by whetfish

Not sure what to say, are they getting enough food?  Or are there enough hiding spots?


Plenty of hiding spots.  Food? perhaps not, they get way out competed by everything in the tank including the paracyps which are the most timid.

For the pro petricola: do you have anything in breeding with them?

eretmodus cyanostictus - will these guys clean algae off glass and plants?

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8 years 6 months ago #29973 by sawboy2
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I second the addition of Petricolas!  Love em. I have about 15 in a 90 community. Absolute little clowns to watch. Get with Dan Barmore. He has them at great size and prices and attends all our swaps.

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8 years 6 months ago #29972 by bloonguy
Add the petricola!
I've got about 6 of them in my 150g tang community tank. They clean up any food that makes it to the bottom and they're fun to watch. I can't see a downside to adding them to your set up.

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8 years 6 months ago #29971 by mikeg2929

The stock list is:

330g Stock list:
Altolamprologus compressiceps "Fire Fin", Seven F1 2"+
Cyathopharynx furcifer Ruziba, F1 Trio
Cyprichromis leptosoma jumbo "Blue Orchid", Wild Trio
Julidochromis transcriptus, Five looks like two pairs
Ophthalmotilapia boops Kipili "Neon Streak", Ten F1
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis, 1 male : 3 females
& Bristlenose breeders

The male boops are awesomely aggressive, mostly to other males and other boops.  Ruziba bred once, but might soon be taking a back seat since the boops are starting to dominate.

The some bristlenose seem to be attacking fish.  They appear to be lunging at them to no avail.  It makes me want to get them outta the tank, but then I need to add something to clean algae off the glass and anubias.

Many tang gobies say that they eat algae, but would they help keep the tank clean?  What gobie would you recommend?

There is also a Sicydium sp. African algae-eating Goby, which I don't think is a tang, but is supposed to be an all-star algae eater.

Lastly, what are the pros and cons of adding a group of synodontis petricola?



I have had better luck with featherfins and cyps with more than one male.  that may ncrease your furcifer production.  The bristlenose are doing a behaviour I have ever seen.  Not sure what to say, are they getting enough food?  Or are there enough hiding spots?  As far as gobies - I am a big fan of eretmodus cyanostictus.  They are bi parental and can be kep tin a large group if the tank is big enough.  As far as petricola - they may interupt spawning, a bit, but not nearly as bad as multies.

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