03-13-2012, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
Totally agree on everything you said. The male to female ratio is extremely important if the OP (original poster) wanted to keep male and female and/or didnt know the sex of the current fish.
A male tank with those fish would be hormone central and no if or buts would ABSOLUTELY need the 55g setup and running for some time to remove fish to that simply do not get along.
The male auratus alone once mature and in breeding mode could very easily wipe out an entire 125g tank overnight and be happily swimming around by itself in the morning. The auratus alone if wanted to be kept in male and female would NEED 1 male to at least 7-8 female, anything smaller and it will chase the females to death.
My male auratus when I had him was quite happily chasing my 12" Venustus around
Yes,, I often feel for those who decide to go with african cichlids for those tanks marked ..'mixed africans" are usually just that, a mixture of cross bred ,inbred fishes that may have behaivors unexplainable.
I might look to breeder's of fishes that interested me, or aquabid, to maybe have better chance at quality fishes that are a little more predictable, and less genetic variation.
I began keeping Africans many moons ago
but grew tired of watching the constant changing dynamics in the tank, and fishes with fins in various stages of disrepair ,wounds,cowering fishes, all out lethal battles, but they are pretty fish in their own right and I understand more about them now,than when I was a kid.