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Old 07-31-2015, 12:27 PM
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I have a 180g that currently has a 4 Veija Synspilus and 4 Vieja Melanarum all around 4"-7" and have not formed any bonds yet. I am thinking of adding 2m/2f 4"-6" Mpimbwe fronts to this tank, do you think it will work? Not looking to breed the fronts at the moment, they're currently in a 90g by themselves and I like to consolidate. Let me know what your experience was like housing fronts with Veija species from south america.
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All fish are tank raised and have been with me for a year. All are on the same diet and have been thriving on tap water treated with PRIME, no other additives, so same water hardness and ph in every tank. Essentially I am looking for anyone with experience keeping similar species to share their thoughts on compatibility. I already know that everyone prefers to keep fronts separately, just trying something different and would like to hear other's experiences.
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99.99% Chance the centrals pound them. I own various Veijas, can't see it working.
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Not a vieja expert, like them though, and I know a little about them from seeing others who have them. My take is, on their own, fronts being powerful fish of good size, might look like equals to CAs, but they're mostly pushovers compared something of size and more aggressive. I mean, I've had a territorial severum intimidate a large extra male kapampa that was temporarily in the same tank while I found another spot for him. So something as beefy and potentially pugnacious as a vieja could have them for lunch if they wanted. From what I've seen you can get occasional individuals of some vieja species, like some synspilus I've seen, that will be fairly docile and tolerant of other, milder fish, but it's not the rule and the odds would be long of having a group of several vieja and not getting any that wouldn't terrorize the fronts. Beyond that I'll defer to someone who actually has them like sawboy above.
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