11-21-2010, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I'm glad you chimed in! I thought of you when I purchased them, because I had an idea you would appreciate them! I have two females and one male, currently. I'm going to be purchasing three more on Wednesday. So, in regards to six individuals what is the male/female ratio I should have? Four females, two males??
As far as Negro or Orinoco, I do not know. How do I tell?? Ron (my LFS guy) told me that he almost never gets these fish in so I had to jump on them. They are so much more beautiful in person.
I had this species many years ago. I would say equal male/female is OK. You were initially thinking of 2 males to 1 female or (I assume) 4 males to 2 females, and I would suggest 3 males and 3 females would be better. The males are the more colourful, and you have the space in a 4-foot to accomodate the male's territorial aggression with no problems. And lots of plants and wood for the females to "rest" in.
Read our profile
. It mentions the difference between the two populations. And if these were imported from SA, direct to the store, they should know if they came from Brazil (Rio Negro) or Venezuela/Columbia (Rio Orinoco). If they are locally bred, the store might not know this, so the colour difference will be it.
I really do think this is the most beautiful of the dwarf cichlids.