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Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby azzacons » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:04 pm

Hi :wave:
I just read a post on a different topic by Clare, saying that her ratio of male to females is one female to every 3/4 males.. in order to get full colour from the males.

I myself have a predominantly male show tank (around 20 cichlids with maybe 2/3 females) and its a very happy tank with little aggression. However, i have a few dominant fish that display stunning colours.. but struggle to get some of the smaller peacocks such as the burgandy blue or firefish to show full on colouring that i know they are capable of.

Would adding more females as suggested by Clare ressurect this?

Thanks :dance:
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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby bradderz123 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:44 am

Adding more females may get the desired effect but, from my experience, may also alter the balance of your tank as more males try and get up the pecking order.

Other factors, like size of tank, also impact - I had some Jalo Reef and it wouldn't have mattered how many females I put in I only had one fully coloured male (but my tank and stocking levels didn't create the right environment for this fish).

My Red Top Hongis only appear to allow one dominant male whereas my Red Top Ndumbi can have more and don't seem to require a female even.

Whatever you do just monitor the situation but be aware things may change.
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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby azzacons » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:09 pm

Thanks for the reply.

That's interesting how it varies between different types of cichlid. I will keep considering options. Tony and Clare's show tank is very impressive, with alot of diversity in stock. The colours of fish in that tank are very vibrant, that is the sort of thing i am aiming for.
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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby bradderz123 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:10 pm

All my Malawis have come from Tony - great fish and guidance :tu:
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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby Clare » Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:31 pm

Smaller peacocks may be very shy of there are larger ones around. All mine were added around the same size and any smaller ones took a fair while to colour.

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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby azzacons » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:41 am

That's interesting, i will have to have a play around. thanks for the replies! :tu:
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Re: Fish stock ratio Male/Female

Postby Clare » Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:12 pm

Your welcome and anything else just ask :)

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