Catfish for breeding Tropheus Tank

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Catfish for breeding Tropheus Tank

Post by 24tropheus »

What would you recomend keeping with Tropheus? Or are all likely to stress the Tropheus or get the newly released baby ones?
Any one got any experience of keeping Tropheus with petricola?
Brisle noses ok do you think? or just some of them?
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Petricola's or BN's shouldn't be a problem with tropheus. Neither one will eat fry.
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If your aim is to breed with the Tropheus, don't add anything else.

make sure there's lots and lots of tiny hidey holes; alpha males can and do hunt down fry. even if they don't eat them they can chew them to death. once the tiny Tropheus are 1/2" or so they're usually safe.

petricola's DO eat fry, also Tropheus fry.

maybe you can add a BN, but Tropheus are grazers and do much better in a tank without any pleco. the algae growth gives them activities other than chasing and fighting and growing fry really appreciates the algae-carpet.

Ofcourse Tropheus don't clean the frontwindow, so you have to do that job. but we don't want a lazy fishkeeper on our hands, do we? :wink:
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I can't think of a cichlid that don't eat fry or a syno. catfish that don't eat fry given the opportunity.
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Post by 24tropheus »

Thanks guys mixxed messages before and in articles still but I think I know who to trust everyones experiences opinions more than wellcome of course. Maybe try them in a Malawi set up where no fry are urgent or can strip?

Outragiuos snob that I am.

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Theyt'd be fine in either a Malawi- or a Tropheus-setup.

BUT your first question is about a BREEDING tank.

so what's it gonna be? a showtank or a breeding tank?
Synodontis petricola does fine in any Rift-showtank; be it Malawians, Tropheus, frontosa, Lamprologines.....

and ofcourse in a S petricola-breeding tank. :roll: :wink:

BUT there's no such thing as a 'breeding showtank'.

that's like asking for a five legged sheep with orange wool :lol:

either you breed Tropheus (and hence don't add any non Tropheus)
or you set up a nice showtank with Tropheus, petricola, perhaps Eretmodus, a few Juli's etc.
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Unreasonably long URL here

Hehe, couldn't resist :lol:
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heh excellent! :D
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:o Ask and you shall receive :!: :lol:
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CEfire wrote:and here

Hehe, couldn't resist :lol:
Jetlagged silly at 5.50 in the morning, I can't resist: But it's only got three evident legs, but presumably four. Sidguppy was "asking" for a five-legged one... ;-)

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A FIVE LEGGED ONE!!!!!!!!

Well that would be like trying to find a green polka dotted pig that can fly.... :shock: :D
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CEfire wrote:A FIVE LEGGED ONE!!!!!!!!

Well that would be like trying to find a green polka dotted pig that can fly.... :shock: :D
Yeah, and I think that was roughly Sidguppy's point in the first place... ;-)

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exactly.

what the English speaking people describe as "when pigs might fly" is comparable to "wanting a five-legged sheep" in Dutch, but not the same.

if something is highly unlikely to happen we say "maybe if Easter and Pinkster fall on 1 day"; you can compare that with "and pigs might fly", "when Hell freezes over" etc.

but "wanting the five legged sheep" is a translation of "wanting the impossible"
almost the same, but not.

it's like someone wants a Red Tail Catfish, but also wants it to stay small, peaceful and able to co-exist with guppies and Cory's.
THAT's when the Dutch say "you want a five legged sheep".

and that's my point to pull all this fun-stuff back to the original post:
you can have a nice showtank with several kinds of Rift-fish and the occasional surcviving fry OR you can set up a true breeding tank for a particular species; but you CANNOT have both.
Hence: "there's no such thing as a show and breed tank, it's a five legged sheep"
although with proper decoration breeding tanks can be very nice and pretty enough to 'show' in a living room.
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Post by 24tropheus »

I am deeply deeply out of my depth. Thanks all.
Think I am sutably chastised learnt a lot. Thanks Guys. Tropheus my game (ish). No expert but I realy love this site. Try petricola if I can get what I would most like in a different tank perhaps try and breed pure bloods (God I sound awful). (dream on Tropheus breeding seem to obses me)

Love and kisses to you all

And thanks
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Breeding Tropheus isn't that hard, actually; done it for years.

the main challenge is to keep a lid on the fishbuying habit (and yes, that's hard for me as well).
apart from that it's merely getting the discipline to follow the rules in a very strict manner:

-get a roomy tank. 100G or so. (400 liters), bigger is better!
make sure the filtration is top, the waterexchange (you may add powerheads) should be 3-4 times the entire volume in 1 hour.
exchange at least 1/3 of the water every week. stick to this routine like glue!

-do NOT make the 'beginners-mistake' of cramming it full of rocks. set up a few big rocks with flat tops about 20-35 cm (8-14") under the surface (alpha male spawning sites), pile some small rocks with many small caves in the corners (baby hideouts; holding mom hideouts).
again: not too many rocks!
Tropheus breed better with far less agression in bare tanks than in a 'natural rockwall setup'; in the latter agression can go wayyyyyy out of line.
just 1 or 2 boulders and fields of sturdy plants in the back and sides work too, but be prepared that Tropheus molests plants :wink:

-buy a batch of anti-BLOAT meds just in case. have it in the house, ready for use. fish get sick on saturday nights on purpose, believe me.....

-do NOT buy a pleco or bristlenose!!
a dedicated Tropheusbreeder cleans his or her own frontwindow and you'll need the algae on every other surface, really. a 'clean' tank has severe drawbacks (see: food)

-get yourself a nice batch of Tropheus; 1 species, 1 variety of that species. as many as you can afford! really. buying 25 or so in 1 go isn't weird at all. youngsters of the 'pondbred' or F1 (fry from wildcaughts) are the best. be prepared to spend! good quality Tropheus can be expensive. if you can't afford those, best keep other Tangs until you can.

-non-fry eaters wich you CAN add are Eretmodus (Goby cichlid or 'Tanganyika clown) wich can be kept as a pair or in a group of at least 8. they don't eat fish (not even tiny ones) and need the same care. Tropheus and Eretmodus don't bother each other at all; a perfect match.
another fry-safe match are the dwarf-species of Julidochromis (J transcriptus 'Bemba' or J 'kissi', NOT the J 'transcriptus 'Gombe') and Telmatochromis (T brichardi, T sp 'Zambia').
NO other fish.

-Feed a good quality spirulinaflake!
if you like granule food or pellets: pre-soak these to avoid drama! OSI (the best!), Wardley's, Hikari etc all have excellent food.
1-2x a week you may add a bit of cyclops.
no other foodstuff. PERIOD
Algae: algae in your tank "keep Tropheus busy", it makes sure they have at least a bit of natural food (algae fibers in the gut: little risk of BLOAT) and for baby Tropheus it's very very good food.
If your tropheus 'get bored' like in a pristine tank with a few BN's or a pleco they'll 'invent other amusements'......I'm sure you get the picture :twisted:

-do NOT strip :evil: ever.
stripping screws up the necessary imprint of the baby Tropheus, and once those are big, they'll never breed again naturally and need to be stripped too. stripping is a big NO.

success! :wink:
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Post by 24tropheus »

Wow took me 20 years of trying to figure that lot out for myself and all I needed was a computer,
(Only got one last couple of months)
and to figure out where to ask (Tried many cichlid sites)

What do you recon on the claims from promoters of NLS that it is a completly proven food for Tropheus?

Thanks
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While I do feed some of the NLS foods with lower protein levels to my Tropheus, this is only after they've had a good sized feeding of their regular flake, also. I don't ever switch their diet, but I do supplement it slightly with a variety of "additions", such as BioBlend Herbivore formula pellets, the NLS community formula, and zucchini and other vegetables. I've never had a case of bloat in my tanks with this diet. I myself wouldn't feed NLS alone. I think it would be asking for trouble. If you compare Tropheus to horses dietary needs it does make more sense to give them more graze and veggie matter and fiber while keeping the foods they eat every day very similar to keep from causing impactions in their long digestive tracts.

Much like the more herbivorous plecos ;).

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I never have tried NLS (what does it stand for? non abbreviated I mean), because I never saw it for sale here in NL.

brands on the other side of the pond differ I guess :wink:

barbie's comparison with a horse is a good one; like horses Tropheus graze and graze and graze; loads of veggie-stuff but little protein.
hence also my suggestion to skip on a pleco: to give them the oppertunity to graze in captivity!

A tank overrun with green, brown, filamentous and paintbrush-algae is something of a Walhalla to tropheus :mrgreen:

and indeed: to keep the Tropheus' gut full of hard-to-digest/non-digestible fibers 24/7 is THE best way of avoiding BLOAT and keeping them in perfect health.
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