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Re: Killie community tanks
I'm not sure why one wouldn't try keeping
KI>some of these fish in communities. I know some have been successfully
I have two pairs of Fp. SJO dwarf red in a 20 H with half a dozen cory
cats and a pair of kribensis cichlids and all three species are doing
well. I pull the SJO to breeding setups when I want to spawn them, then
return them to the display tank for conditioning. Makes for an
attractive tank in my dining room that always draws comments from people
that see it.
KI> I don't find racks of 10G particularly aesthetically interesting.
KI>Feels too much like a comercial chicken farm or something.
Neither do I. Like you, I will use them for breeding and growing (my
fish room will be setup based on a standard 10 when I get it done) but I
also want to have display tanks where most of the adults will be kept
when not breeding, both in the house and in my fish room, simply because
I like the looks of them.
KI>Anyway, in a word: because I think it's not a bad way to keep fish, that's
KI>all. Also, most fish are kept in communities and finding killies that will
KI>do well in such communities is worthwhile from the standpoint of bringing
KI>them to more people. From there folks can move on to things that need
Well said, Doug. One reason it may be hard to get killies into stores is
that they have this reputation for being difficult and requiring special
conditions. You should have seen the looks I used to get when I told
people that many killies would do well in the same conditions as guppies
or other livebearers. Surprise followed by "where can I get some" was
the usual response.
I will say that each person sets up their fish differently. Some people
want lots of breeding tanks, others want displays only. etc. It's a
matter of personal preference. The fish don't seem to mind as long as
water quality remains good, they are well fed, and they aren't hassled
by their tank mates.
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