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Old 12-21-2014, 02:45 PM
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My alpha male jumped out last night and died. I'm so bummed it was the nicest and biggest one. I had it covered but I wouldn't think it will jump out of the that little opening I had not covered. Will the next male start to take over now and start to get bigger? What will happen now? I had 6.. 2 males and 4 females.. now only 1 male..
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:16 PM
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Sorry to hear, my old kitumba alpha did the same thing last winter. Yes, the beta will take over the alpha role. I think you'd do fine with only one male but most people like to have two. I only have one male in my kitumba tank and they spawn well. I currently have 1 m/3fm in a 135 with 3 more females waiting to be added when I switch their tanks. My other groups all have at least 2 males though.
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:31 PM
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Sorry for your loss...

Been a tough stretch here....this is the 3rd one that someone lost a Front....
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:02 PM
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EthanHunter, so Sorry to hear that. I know how it feel. My alpha Moba just died mysteriously!
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:42 AM
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Sorry to hear. I lost a couple from my original Kapampa group that way, one when they were just juvies, then later on a nice male during a storm. By then my main tank was well sealed but this guy was an extra male in a different tank.
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Thanks guys! He was turning out to be really nice!



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Old 12-22-2014, 03:44 PM
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I have someone selling a Kapampa alpha male 7inch and a 5-6inch female. Is it ok to add these 2 Kapampa to my kitumba?
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Depends on your point of view and what you want to do with them. It's always been a debate whether there's a difference between collection points, with opinions on both sides of that, and some people think we should do away with collection points all together and just call them Zaires or Congo (I'm not one of them).

But my advice to the question is always this: Yes, the different strains are very similar and with the different color moods of gibs there's a good chance you'd find it tough to tell one from another in a mixed tank, especially because gibs can change their color from one tank to another (for example, a light one may go darker in a different tank). However, whatever your opinion on that, the simple practicality of it is once you mix them you no longer have a specific collection point, you now have generic (mixed) Zaires, less valuable than a specific collection point. If you wanted to sell them or sell fry for good money an enthusiast buyer would pass them right by without a collection point. In other words there are a LOT more people looking for moba or another specific location or who at least want to know the location than those few who just want some of 'those blue frontosa' and don't care where they come from.
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