My African setup

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    My Venustus (4), Compricep (1), Tropheus unknown (4), Synodis (2) and Mixed Mbuna (2) tank - (1.2mx0.5mx 0.75m)

    Think I might have 2 males incoming, as they are changing colour:(, which is going to make this tank a battle ground

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    braailegend

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    If anyone can identify the tropheus, it would also be appreciated... aka, what colour are they going to turn, if any.

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    Hi @braailegend and welcome TASA

    Very nice setup you have there
     
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    I'm defnitly no expert with African fish but this might be what you have there. Sure it is the same ones The King of DIY has[​IMG]

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    hello @braailegend If I could advise you on something, rather take the tropheus back to your local petshop and exchange it for more malawi chiclids, chiclids from different rivers dont belong together.... and you definitly need much more malawis in your tank to lessen the aggression of these fish. they are also very smaller then the malawis and will eventually be killed by the bigger ones.... yes they are tropheus ikola stunning fish....tropheus or lake Tanganyika are species only most of the time as they do better on there own. So if you could rather go and exchange them for other malawis it will be best for them at the end of the day, me being a tropheus fanatic :) how long have you had these fish together? those catfish might even make the tropheus a snack. tank looking good though... just my 2cents worth on the matter :) Good luck,
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I have to say the tropheus is the 1st fish I've put in that the venustus does not care about.

    They have been in for a month now, after a recommendation after some reading. The venustus ignore them completely and the are very active in grazing and do not get disturbed. There is also some breeding behavior between them. So for now I'm keeping them, as they have cooled down the tank. Remember each tank is different.

    The catfish I won't worry about, had them for about 3 years and they are docile and small mouths. Had them with rams, betta and small corries for long with no issues
     
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    Fantastic setup.

    Agree with @hviviers75
    Tropheus would prefer a more vegetarian based diet than the others. They get quite aggro and do well in a species only setup. They like to be in a big group where they can set up a hierarchy and every fish has it's place in the pecking order.
     
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    Okay then good luck glad to hear they are happy together each to their own :)for information for other members where did you read about adding tropheus with malawis just out of curiosities sake
     
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    Trying to find the article now... It was something in the line of alternative to plecos and the different water level at which they swim

    Had mbunas, ob peacocks, a colony of Haplochromis latifasciatus (Astatotilapia Latifasciata) even an aggressive Oscar for 2 days. But all of them got klapped by the male.

    Only the compricep seems to be untouched and the tropheus for now.
    The small mbunas in there now is fry, so hiding under rocks
     
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    where did you buy the tropheus from? well then all is good, hope the peace is kept in the tank.....
     
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    Have been monitoring them for abuse, as the tank is in the living room.

    Got them from Blue hills petshop in midrand
     

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