View Full Version : How many tropheus

07-27-2006, 12:55 PM
How many in a 55?
I want to get some and have an extra 55 sitting around.

07-27-2006, 03:37 PM
I know for a 75 gallon its recommended that you stick to one tropheus species and have 12-15, so I would say the same for a 55 gallon only 10-12 max.

BTW I know nothing about tropheus

07-27-2006, 06:31 PM
Check out JDTropheus.com I think they use a lot of 55G tanks for breeding them. They probably mention it somewhere on their site.
If it were me I would only go with one species. The number of them probably depends upon how the tank is aquascaped. If the tank is bare except for floating plants(no territory to fight over) or it has a ton of places to hide it wouldn't bother me to throw 15-20 of them in a 55G. Kind of like mbuna...the aggression is spread out between the fish. You would be screwed if you only had 10 or less fish IMO. The injured fish wouldn't have too many others to take some of the heat.

07-27-2006, 10:14 PM
I agree with alot of what Led said. 15-20 in a 55g would be a good combo. Weekly or more water changes.

I liked having a rock or cave on each end. Dominant males would claim each side and I had a few extra sub dominant males to chase. I noticed if any were to get bloat it was the sub-dominant males. I would think 1m/2f ratio would be best. If you can get more females the better.

When I bought my bembas the guy had 6 in a 55g. You wouldn't think it would work but it did for him.

I would keep 25 in my 75g. Usually 2 species combined.

Which kind are you getting?


07-28-2006, 04:18 PM
I dont really know for sure Chris. I want something red or orange. Any ideas?

07-28-2006, 06:11 PM
Mpulungu pineapples.....AWESOME. :)

Check out Verse's site. I want to get some in a bad way. :)


07-28-2006, 06:12 PM
Ohhhhh, or how about Cherry Spots. I love them too.


07-28-2006, 06:43 PM
Those are cool. Where did he get them do you know?

07-28-2006, 10:52 PM
I don't...Verse lives much closer to you than me.....maybe Chicago. I am not sure. You can email him. I am sure he would not care. He is cool. He stops by here, but not that often.

07-28-2006, 11:02 PM
I think he got them from jdtropheus when they were still selling fish.

07-29-2006, 07:35 AM
JD Tropheus are out of the biz? Their website is up, but no pics work, etc. I was wondering what the deal was. I emailed them about the links but never heard anything back.

03-21-2007, 01:31 PM
im getting ready to buy a wild group from atlantis probably chakita blue rainbows for me all though i really like the kazumbas also

03-27-2007, 10:31 PM
I would not buy less than 20-25 per group in a 75 you will probably loose a couple as the tank settles in. I prefer to keep them as species tanks so the intimidation between species is minimized. Color shows best and breeding more consistent. I currently am keeping 7 species of Tropheus.

If you get wild groups I'd recommend treatment for parasites or at least careful observation. Always always have a bunch of metro, it works wonders and I have only lost two fish to bloat out of at least 300 hundred fry and adults. I lose more to aggression when they are getting ready to breed. some say bare tank some say a lot of cover. I use both with success.

Good Luck

03-28-2007, 07:09 AM
Oyster & M1 are our resident Tropheus experts. :) Oyster just got a group of Petrochromis so hopefully we'll get to see some pics of them as they grow-up.

03-28-2007, 11:43 AM
I am kind of getting back into the tropheus again. On Monday I got a group of 24 wc red rainbows from bluechip. I put the in a 75g. They are doing good so far but it will probably be a few months before I know that they are happy. They are large at 3"-5" and might look better in a 125g.

03-28-2007, 11:52 AM
OMG, Red rainbows are my absolute favorite. They must have been a small fortune!! Need pics!!!
Hope they settle in nicely.

03-28-2007, 12:01 PM
Very nice pick up Hazard. I have a small group of Chipimbi Red's and I'm filling out the group soon with 12 more of these guys. Still growing out but 1.5-2" and full of color already! WOO HOO!

Yes Cavy, Pics....I know. I'm waiting on my camera to show up that I just bought...as soon as it does, I'll get pics of a lot of my fish....oh, and my Rhodesian Ridgeback too!!

Tim :D

03-28-2007, 12:04 PM
What camera did you buy? How fun...I just love to order new camera equipment!!!

03-28-2007, 12:28 PM
Kodaz Z612 with Image Stabalizer. 6.1mp 12x optial zoom 4.2x digital. extra memory, ect...a package off e-bay!!!

Can't wait, I'll finally be in the digital world!

Tim :D

03-28-2007, 07:24 PM
I'm sure you'll appreciate the Image Stabalizer. Digital is great you can shoot 1000's of pics for free.
Have fun!

04-06-2007, 08:55 PM
Any update on the tropheus? Well, after almost a year since i got my first group of tropheus(32 WC malagarasi) i finally got my 2nd Wednesday! I got 24 F1 moori linangu that are very nice!! I have watched them a ton in the 2 days i have got them. I can't wait till they spawn...