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success with 7 bar frontosa in a smallish tank?

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HI just after some advice/opinions on my 7 bars. My partner and i have 1 male 25cm 1 female 16cm in a 5' x 18 x 15, where they get along well, he is not very dominant or outgoing as he has been in with large colonies of mbuna for the last few years and there is always heaps of activity and fin nipping in his tank. Undoubtedly he would become more dominant and likely to breed in a species tank so i am wondering if my tanks 5' x 18 x 15 or 4' x 18 x 24 are big enough to put together a mature small colony and what numbers?I was thinking 1m 2-3 fm? would this work and could i regularly breed them this way? does anyone know of frontosa being bred in smallish tanks?

thx for any advice, nicole and brett.

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I was successfully breeding a trio of fronnies and a pair of blue dolphins in a 4x18x18.

I had no roblems at all with them breeding regularly in that size tank.

At the moment they are all in my 5 ft display but sometime next week they will be going back downstairs to the 4x18.

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the bigger the tank you can put them in the better... 7 bars have to reach a certain maturity and size (3-4yrs) before properly breeding and holding although, they may start trying to breed earlier getting them to hold can be a different story.. and if the male does get aggressive during breeding you want as much tank space as possible for the breeding female to feel secure. I have my 7 bars in a 5x2x2 and intend on breeding them in this, I also have mates that breed small colonies of 6 bars... 1m3f in 4x2x2's and they seem to breed and hold just fine. Good luck buddy

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i think keeping frontosa in anything under 5x2x2 is cruel... fair enough it can be done but there is no escape for the girls when the male does start to dominate.. i wouldnt be putting my fish through that!

i think of it like like locking 1 bloke and a couple of women in a small room with a toilet and opening the window once a week for some fresh air. then expecting them to breed and pop out babies :bun:

woohoo sounds like fun :perplex:

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i think of it like like locking 1 bloke and a couple of women in a small room with a toilet and opening the window once a week for some fresh air. then expecting them to breed and pop out babies :bun:

are they hot women? :egrin::egrin::egrin:

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I would be very careful, I had a Trio of 7 bars in a huge 1000 litre tank, and the male was about 25cm, also very docile and never looked like hasling them, then his balls must have dropped and within 2 days he had killed one girl and beaten the other up severly.

My advice would be at least 2-3 girls to the male, and put in some other fish to hassle him so he doesnt go after the girls.

I always found venustus to be a good one, pretty big and hardy and quick. Plus they are cheap (well used to be).

HTH,

Grum.

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