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npbarca 12-04-2013 09:30 PM

Breeding Plan
Ok, so I have my new fishroomish thing set up, with 4 10g, 2 20longs, a 40 breeder, and a 5 gallon, all run off sponge filters. Im planning on breeding African cichlids. I plan to get either a group of peacocks or saulosi for the 40 (if possible would saulosi work in the 20 long?), some multies for a 10, a pair of either julidochromis or kribensis for the other 10. Any advice? will the saulosi work in the 20 long? if not, whats another African species that could work in the 20 long?

jaysee 12-05-2013 12:31 AM

Where are all the fry gonna go??

The 40 should be your grow out tank and the smaller tanks should house the adults. Honestly though, I don't think your tanks are large enough to tackle breeding more than one type of fish.

npbarca 12-05-2013 03:06 PM

I have a fry plan but my question was what other african cichlids if not saulosi could work in the 20 long
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npbarca 12-05-2013 04:50 PM


jaysee 12-05-2013 04:57 PM

I don't have experience with african cichlids.

npbarca 12-05-2013 05:45 PM

So why are you telling me what I can and can't do. Can someone with experience please help
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jaysee 12-05-2013 06:36 PM


Originally Posted by npbarca (Post 3540834)
So why are you telling me what I can and can't do. Can someone with experience please help
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While I have not kept african cichlids - hence the reason why I said I can't help you choose species - I have bred cichlids and I seriously doubt that the fry are much different than my SA cichlids. Good luck to you.

henningc 12-11-2013 01:18 AM

Africans can be a challenge. I would stick with Kribs for 10s or 20Ls. The fish you're interested in typically require much larger tanks, say 40gal plus. I can't say too much as yes, I have crammed flipper into a 20L. You may want to set up pairs in the 20Ls and 40B. Just to warn you, there will likely be some fatalities during breeding as males can get really rough.

You will have some significant tank maintenance issues, likely 40%-60% water changed weekly and a struggle to maintain the appropriate p.h. levels. If the p.h. gets too far off, zap no breeding.

Once you get fish paired off and they spwan, then you need a different set up for fry. If you don't mind I'd like to know the plan. I may be able to help. The fry, depending on how many you want to raise up, will need plenty of room and water changes. For example 300-400 fry in a 55gal will need 5%-10% water changed daily to keep them from stunting. I would strongly suggest barebottom tanks and keep a cheap carbon corner filter at the ready.

Hope this helps. P.M. me when you get going or with questions. I can give you some economically feasable ways to house and raise fry.

npbarca 12-11-2013 06:44 AM

From what I have heard first hand is a colony of peacocks with 5 females to one male will breed readily and easily in a 40 breeder. Also, would a pair of daffodil brichardi wok for the 20 long if no other Africans would work?
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