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Old 08-01-2015, 10:19 PM
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So I bought 14 F1 Kitumba about 10 months ago from a moderator of this site. They are all doing great. They range from 2.5-4 inches and get a long pretty well. They are the only fish in the tank outside of a group of syn. Petricola.

My goal is to have a breeding group, but I need to add another bloodline. What is the best strategy?

I was thinking of keeping one male and five females from the group I have, and purchase a trio of WC.
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That's a great move. Another option is find someone who is looking to add diversity and trade males. No cost, and it's a win / win for both of you.
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...Another option is find someone who is looking to add diversity and trade males. No cost, and it's a win / win for both of you.
+1. You need to find F1 Kits.

Also, be warned, F1 fish do not know how to compete with F0 fish. This combination is not advisable (imho).
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+1. You need to find F1 Kits.

Also, be warned, F1 fish do not know how to compete with F0 fish. This combination is not advisable (imho).
Interesting. I'd never heard that Razzo. And since all of my frontosa groups are either fully comprised of wild or tank raised, I've never had the opportunity to witness this.
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I'm starting to see more aggression now in my 14 F1 Kitumba. I think that based on size there are a good amount of males in the tank. They range between 4.5-3". How much longer until I should thin the group? Also when selecting who goes and who stays what do I look for outside of color? Any behavioral aspects I should consider?

I plan on adding a trio in year three, what is a reasonable final number for a 150 gallon, 72*18*30?
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:45 PM
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For a 150 I'd keep it to 8 or less imho. I think more water volume per fish typically results in higher quality water parameters and obviously more space for each fish.
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At that size I wouldn't do much yet, my opinion. Judging gender is still not a slam dunk and it's still early in their development to forecast their quality as adults, you can have some sleepers as juvies that turn out to be really nice fish. As far as selecting keepers, especially males, I look at the overall package, size, color, temperament. I like a dominant but not overly aggressive alpha.
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At that size I wouldn't do much yet, my opinion. Judging gender is still not a slam dunk and it's still early in their development to forecast their quality as adults, you can have some sleepers as juvies that turn out to be really nice fish. As far as selecting keepers, especially males, I look at the overall package, size, color, temperament. I like a dominant but not overly aggressive alpha.
I agree. At that size, in a 150, just enjoy them for another year. Males don't reach maturity until they are approximately eight inches. My suggestion, don't worry about breeding yet and enjoy them.
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