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Xystichromis phytophagus - Christmas fulu

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Post Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:44 pm
scott Level 4 Member
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I have 1 male and 7 females in a 40 breeder. Maybe 2 inches long - I purchased the fish about a month ago from a place out of Tampa bay Florida. was hoping for 2 males but it looks like only 1 is coloring up. The tank has a bunch of rock and wood with many hiding areas and alleys to dodge through. These fish either go 100 mph or they are at a dead stop - nothing in between. Also, no holding females yet even though the male sure is trying.
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scott Level 4 Member
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Here's the tank they are in.
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Passionfish Level 20 Member
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Male will have all females holding at one time :lol:

Expect green and red coloration (Christmas).
Like a complete unknown

scott Level 4 Member
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It took a bit of time - one of the females is holding!

Old hat for many of you but it's the first Victorian I've had hold for me. Going to move her to a 10 gallon tank with a seeded sponge filter and let her release the fry on her own.

Hoping for The best.

Scott.
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Passionfish Level 20 Member
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Congratulation Scott
Like a complete unknown

scott Level 4 Member
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Thanks!

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I've had these fish for about 8 months now and they have matured nicely. Bob - you called it, there is usually a couple of females holding at any given time. Prolific breeders!

One of the suspected females colored up and is a male so I have 2 males and 6 females along with a group of Synodontis multipunctatus in a 40 breeder with a 2 large rock piles on either end of the tank. Tank is filtered with an Aquaclear 70 and kept at about 78 degrees. I do 50% water changes 2 times a week because there a lot of waste created by the fairly large load. The Synodontis haven't had a problem with the water changes so far.

If anyone local wants to try these fish and wants to trade fry, let me know.

A couple of pictures from this morning taken with a cell phone. I think the males are quite a bit more colorful than these pictures show.

Scott.
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Beautiful
Like a complete unknown

hamlet10 Level 1 Member
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Scott, are you the one that BAP'd these at the December meeting?

I'm the one that won them. They have settled into their new home nicely and seem happy.

The biggest one has colored up as male and looks great.

These seem like awesome fish.

Thanks!

scott Level 4 Member
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hamlet10

I BAP'd Xystichromis phytophagus at the January Minnesota Aquarium Society meeting on 1/2/20. So maybe these are the ones you got?

The father of these fish is pictured above. The female (also pictured above) released these on 9/27/19 so they were just over 3 months old (at the time they were BAP'd). I couldn't differentiate between sexes so I included some of the smaller ones along with a couple of larger ones. Hopefully you ended up with some females too.

Treat them as you would Mbuna and they should do well.

Good luck and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Scott.

hamlet10 Level 1 Member
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Yes, I meant the January meeting.

The fish are doing great. The big one is coloring up nicely.

Thanks!


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